4 American Biographies and Autobiographies from Sunbury Press

Discover the incredible true stories of American people

We are capable of almost anything. From living our personal dreams to making a global difference, there is no stopping the human spirit. And don't our authors know it. To help celebrate the 15% OFF and free shipping promotions we've got going on, we've put together this list of books that illustrate just how amazing humans can be. Check 'em out. Read about 'em. Love 'em. 

4 autobiographies & autobiographies from American authors


#1. Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits

book cover for Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits by Arthur Hoyle


With ten biographies rolled into one, Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits is sure to satisfy any history buff.

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain takes the reader on a journey across American history from the colonial period to the present, through the life stories of exceptional men and women who have responded in unconventional ways to the challenges and circumstances of their time and place.

Biographies include:

  • Roger Williams: The First American
  • Anne Bradstreet: The First American Poet
  • Judith Baca: Chicana Muralist
  • And 7 more!

*Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards!*

Award-winning book Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits by Arthur Hoyle

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#2. Do You, Without Them

Book cover for Do You Without Them by Calvin Richardson

Nearly everyone dreams of "making it." But a young North Carolina boy named Calvin Richardson actually made it happen.

In this autobiography, Calvin Richardson rises out of his modest southern upbringing to become a multi-Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. While offering insight into the reality of the music industry, Richardson's inspiring story introduces readers to the tenacity and determination needed to manifest a dream. Take a trip with Richardson on the ups and downs, twists and turns that transformed a young boy from the Carolinas to a chart-topping inspiration.


Check out Calvin's interview with Sister Circle about his path, career, and Do You, Without Them!


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#3. Golden Beauty Boss

book cover for Golden Beauty Boss by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks

Drive, determination, and beauty products--Golden Beauty Boss is the inspiring tale of one woman making millions in the 1940s.

This first biography of the entrepreneur Madame Sara Spencer will leave you proud, inspired, and impressed. In 1911, a Virginia budding-entrepreneur moved to Atlantic City to start selling cosmetics door-to-door and styling hair in her basement. Pretty soon, she'd turned her business into an empire. Sara opened a manufacturing company creating hundreds of products, hired 45,000 sales agents all over the world, and was even honored at the New York World's Trade Fair in 1939 as "Most Distinguished Businesswoman. She reached millionaire status in the 1940s and took on roles as a civic leader and philanthropist.


Like Netflix's Self Made? Golden Beauty Boss is the perfect companion piece for another brilliant 20th century black woman entrepreneur!

Similar to Netflix's Self Made, a Book about Madame Sara Spencer Washington

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#4. Lost in the Shadow of Fame

book cover lost in the shadow of fame a biography roosevelt

The oddball story of Franklin Roosevelt's problematic cousin and his mysterious death

A brilliant and complex combination of conflicting character traits, Kermit Roosevelt was the gifted, problematic cousin that almost brought down the Franklin Roosevelt administration. Including tales of his affairs and alcoholism, Lost in the Shadow of Fame is the captivating story of a lesser known cousin who may have died naturally--or may have been murdered to keep things quiet.

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