Looking for something inspirational? Or perhaps something that would add more magnitude in your life? Whatever and whichever the reason, here we present you 9 memoirs that you might or might not have come across but that you must read at least once in your life. I repeat: At least once!
1. Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani
A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love. Parraveni portrays a charismatic and troubled young woman whom dies tragically, which results in her identical twin struggling for survival.
2. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
An unflinching work that provokes questions about our personal definitions of sane and insane. Kaysen’s extraordinary memoir encompasses sadness in all its dimensions, while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.
3. The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke
The Long Goodbye captures the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life and the way memory can lead us out of the jagged darkness of loss. An effortless love letter from a daughter to a mother that will touch any reader who has felt the powerful bond of a mother and daughter.
4. Wasted by Marya Hornbacher
An honest and emotionally wrenching memoir following the story of one woman’s journey through therapy, the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be “normal.” Hornbacher bravely wears the scars of her battles with anorexia and bulimia and is a prime example of finding hope in even the most despairing of times.
5. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
With unflinching authenticity, Mock uses her personal experience to share with readers the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of trans youth. Her voice allows others, who may be undergoing similar physical and emotional changes themselves, to be proud of who they truly are.
6. She’s Not There: A Life In Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
The national bestseller She’s Not There is an intriguing and powerful story following Boylan in her journey in becoming a woman. Deeply moving and hilarious, Boylan explores the territories that lie between men and women, changing friendships, and rejoicing in the power of family ties.
7. Free Fall by Amber Lea Easton
Free Fall explores the crooked path of piecing one’s life back together following an unexpected loss. Poignant and intimate, this novel speaks about surviving without friends and family who fail to understand, triumphing over the stigma of ‘suicide’, and finding peace after chaos.
8. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Kingston shares her story of growing up as a Chinese-American woman in California and comprises her memoir both with family stories and prominent events of her childhood that shaped her identity today.
9. A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
What happens when someone dear to you loses their memory completely? A Three Dog Life is about a woman, Thomas, who is forced to build a new life following her husband’s loss of memory. Thomas describes in intimate detail the reality of facing guilt and discovering the meaning of gratitude.
What do you think about these 9 memoirs? Maybe they will help inspire you to create a memoir of your own! Let us know in the comments section!
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