Depending on what the writer has in mind for how a reader should experience their work, storytelling and narrative can change. Limiting your perspective and strictly describing an event would be a narrative style more typical in reporting. Since it’s less personal and intimate, the objects and actions they perceive may be seen as fact. But a different writer may want to provide a more personal connection with the audience by inserting elements that describe their reality more fantastically.
One nonfiction book I remember reading was “Evicted”. The author details the lives of eight different families and their experiences with poverty after eviction. I was able to learn in detail how these families dealt with their housing situations and the practices landlords took that impacted these families, showing the systemic impacts of housing inequality.
I have not read a memoir, biography or autobiography in class. But based on my experiences with reading nonfiction pieces in some of my classes, I think sometimes reading these types of works are more interesting by yourself. Usually when you read any of these three types of books from this genre, they are out of personal interest for that topic. A student who is not even slightly interested about the person’s life, achievements or beliefs, may not find the book engaging forced in a class setting.