Truth can be stranger than fiction (with apologies to Lord Byron). Biographies afford us the opportunity to learn of someone's life told by another person. Autobiographies let us explore a person's life through their own words. Rich or poor, famous, infamous or not so famous, biographies and autobiographies offer the reader a connected, non-fiction narrative on a person's life. Collected biographies offer information about different people or a group of people such as a family. Memoirs are similar to autobiographies, but tend to focus on one aspect of a person's life in one's own words rather than telling the entire story.