Memoir Book Lists
The Compelling Memoirs You Have To Read
Skip navigation! Some call it navel-gazing. We call it too good to put down. As much as we adore fiction, a good memoir really has a huge emotional impact on the reader, because it has the benefit of being true unless it's by James Frey, in which case, never mind. Whether it's Maya Angelou or Tina Fey or Barack Obama, everyone has a story to tell, and it's just a pleasure to be invited in.
Sometimes these stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, horrifying, or a combination of all three. Check out our list of essentials to make your memoir collection complete. Add to Bag. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius , by Dave Eggers A college senior loses both of his parents to cancer in a span of only five weeks and is left to raise his 8-year-old brother on his own. Dave Eggers manages to weave a tale that is both hilarious and touching.
Let's face it: The amount of classics in your TBR pile could fill a library. Having a bad day, a rough month even? These charming stories of a country animal doctor are truly a delight and some of the most fun you can have reading books. No joke. While the marriage dissolved a few years later, Bixen stayed in Kenya to manage their coffee plantation and create her own adventures. Even the most cynical reader will be inspired by what Keller was able to accomplish in her lifetime, and will finish the book with a renewed sense of what is truly possible.
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Though memoirs imply a "me, me, me," theme take out the "moir" and "me" is all you have , they're really some of the most self-sacrificing, accessible, and valuable books to keep on your shelves. So much more than a self-portrait, they lay bare the stories we didn't even know we needed to hear. Through confession, humor, and poetic prose , the best memoirs are meant to bring us closer to ourselves, to dig deeper, and to connect with language. Memoirs also tend to be fun to read; even the ones about tragedy breed hope and inspiration. Simply put, reading a memoir is like talking to your wisest friend. So we gathered up 13 of the best memoirs ever written, from the unconventional and obscure to mainstays and American classics. And we know that's a bold statement, but once you get your hands on these memoirs, you'll see what we mean.