Dorothy Hamill has written two different autobiographies. Published in 1983, the first, titled "On and Off the Ice" was targeted at younger readers. In 2007, Dorothy Hamill published an autobiography titled "A Skating Life: My Story." She worked with writer and personal friend Deborah Amelon to complete the book.
The second book highlights Hamill's rise from amateur figure-skater to Olympic Gold medal winner at age 19, in 1976. It also details the pitfalls and struggles she experienced after having seemingly achieved her dreams. Readers are given a glimpse of the insecurities that plagued her years as an Ice Capades skater. Overall, the second autobiography is considered a more honest work compared to the purely inspirational account of the earlier book.