My Favorite Memoirs

Some of my favorites…

Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. New York: Farar, Straus, Giroux, 2007.

Beck, Martha Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic. (Paperback reprint) New York: Three Rivers Press, 2011.

Caldwell, Gail. Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship. New York: Random House, 2010.

Costello, Victoria. A Lethal Inheritance, A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Generations of Mental Illness.  Amherst NY: Prometheus Press, 2012.

Didion, Joan. The Year of Magical Thinking. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005; & Blue Nights, 2011.

Dillard, Annie. An American Childhood. New York: Harper Perennial, 1988.

Fraser, Laura. An Italian Affair. New York: Vintage, 2002. All Over the Map. New York: Broadway, 2011.

Karr, Mary. Liar’s Club: A Memoir. New York: Penguin, 2005; Lit, a Memoir. New York: Harper Perennial, 2010.

Lara, Adair. Hold Me Close, Let Me Go: A Mother, a Daughter, an Adolescence Survived. New York: Broadway, 2002.

Lauck, Jennifer. Blackbird: A Childhood Lost, New York: Pocket Books, 2009. And Found. Berkeley, Seal Books, 2011.

Metz, Julie. Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal. New York: Hyperion, 2009.

Nabokov, Vladimir. Speak Memory: An Autobiography Revisited. New York: Random House, 1967.

Sexton, Linda Gray. Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2011.

Sheehy, Gail. Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence. New York: William Morrow, 2010.

Sheff, David. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Waldman, Ayelet. The Bad Mother Harpswell, ME: Anchor, 2009.

Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. New York: Scribner, 2005.

Monroe, Debra. On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family                            Against the Grain. Dallas, TX: Southern Methodist University Press, 2010.

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