Aaron and I went on a date the other night and we wanted to accomplish three things. #1 Eat at a good restaurant – #2 Go to a bookstore and get a new book – #3 close down a coffee shop while reading our new book. Last week we did all three. It was such a great night!
While we were at the bookstore I was telling Aaron how much I love memoirs. I love how a memoir is someones story in their own voice. How they remember it and how it effected them. You feel as though you know them by the end and have felt their heart through the book.
That night I bought a new book on the recommendation from the front desk lady and so far I'm thinking it's just okay. I mean I get to read about 1 page a day, so that is hard, but I'm on page 30 and it hasn't pulled me in yet. It's not that long, and I hope to finish it next week at my parents, but so far it's just okay.
Some of my favorite books I've read have been memoirs. Will you please tell me yours? I love a good memoir!
GIRL MEETS GOD by Lauren Winner – one of my first memoirs and one of my favorites.
THE LIARS CLUB by Mary Karr – book I'm reading now
The two you listed are both favorites of mine. If you like The Liar’s Club, I think you would love The Glass Castle. I’m currently reading a memoir called I’m Down by a white woman (with a white family) who grew up in an all black neighborhood. I’m really liking it so far. I always feel like it takes at least 50 pages to figure out if the book is worth it. Two others that I thought were okay are A Girl Named Zippy and Three Little Words (about a girl who grows up in foster care).
I loved The Glass Castle and The Color of Water.
Little Daughter by Zoya Phan is great. Damien Lewis helped write it, and he has helped to write many memoirs, all of which I loved. I am reading Tears of the Desert right now, and enjoying it.
I love memoirs too! Girls Meets God is definitely my favorite! I’ll have to check out The Liars Club!
A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER By Ishmael Beah
He tells his experience as a child soldier from Sierra Leone. Heart wrenching & powerful!!
Yes Celeste great book!
i love your date nate idea! gonna have to steal that one, and great book suggestions
Same Kind of Different as Me
I have just started reading memoirs and finding that I love them. I’m sure you’ve read this because it’s been out for awhile now but i just finished Traveling Mercies and I love love love it. Highly recommend.
I enjoyed Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees) and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.
I just love good biographies or memoirs. A few years ago I picked up The Hiding Place and couldn’t believe how fantastic it was. So well written and of course so very powerful.
Here are some ones I love…
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Road of Loss Innocence by Somaly Mam
I know it’s an old one, but My Sergei by Ekaterina Gordeeva has always been one of my favorites!