Friday Favorites: Memoirs

I’ve decided to start a little weekly meme wherein I highlight some of my favorite books—whether it be within a genre, or with a certain theme, or from a certain time period. Anyone is welcome to play along! Feel free to steal my image and/or post your own favorites in the comments!

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MEMOIRS

A lot of the books that have stuck with me the longest are memoirs. I like knowing that, no matter how crazy they may seem, they’re real stories that happened to real people. I try to lead a life that’s worthy of its own memoir! If you’ve never read a memoir, or if you’re not sure you really like them, I recommend trying one of these. You’ll be hooked!

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 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

This is a beautifully illustrated graphic memoir about the author’s relationship with her eccentric father, who has committed suicide and whom the author believes was secretly gay. It’s a riveting, fun, emotional read.

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Another graphic memoir, this is the story of a young girl who is growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. It’s both funny and frightening. After reading this book, I was much more interested in Middle Eastern history and politics.

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Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt’s is a story of a impoverished Irish Catholic childhood. Frank endures the antics of his alcoholic father, a constant state of near-starvation, and serious illnesses, but he tells the story with grace. This is the book that inspired me to study abroad in Limerick.

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The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon

If you’re looking for a Young Adult memoir, this is a great choice. Fourteen-year-old Brent attempts to kill himself by dousing his bathrobe in gasoline and setting himself on fire. The rest of the story details his very painful recovery. It’s pretty chilling.

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More, Now, Again by Elizabeth Wurtzel

This is a gripping memoir of drug addiction. While I thought at times that Wurtzel was whiny and way too self-involved, I still loved this book.

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Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi

First off, I love Portia de Rossi, so naturally I had to read this book. Her memoir is about the challenges of growing up in the limelight while battling a very serious eating disorder. It was beautiful and sad and honest, and I loved it.


What are your favorite memoirs?

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4 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Memoirs

  1. The Glass Castle! I read this book two years ago, and I still find myself thinking about it. I sympathized with her parents at the same time as I felt frustrated with them, as I am sure Jeannette Walls herself felt. This memoir was an honest look at her impoverished upbringing.

    1. I seriously debated putting The Glass Castle on the list, but then I didn’t (mainly out of laziness). But yes, that is a fantastic memoir! She also wrote another one about her grandmother called Half Broke Horses, which was also excellent.

  2. Angela’s Ashes was a wonderful read. My favourite has to be Margret Forster’s Hidden Lives – A Family Memoir where amongst other things she tries to work out her grandmother’s origins (something that was shrouded in mystery)

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