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Notable Memoirs

Editor‘s Pick

“The Year of Magical Thinking” Joan Didion


“The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana” Umberto Eco
Listed as fiction, thinly disguised memoir.


Editor‘s Pick

“The Painted Bird” Jerzy Kozinski


Orwell‘s tight essays, “Homage to Catalonia / Down and Out in Paris and London”


“Messages From My Father” — Calvin Trillin


“The Road of Lost Innocence” — Somaly Mam


“Girl, Interrupted” — Susanna Kaysen


“Running With Scissors” — Augusten Burroughs


“Dry” — Augusten Burroughs


“This Is How” — Augusten Burroughs


“The Narrative of Sojourner Truth” — Sojourner Truth


“Darkness Visible” William Styron


“Living to Tell the Tale” Gabriel García Márquez


“The Violet Hour” Katie Roiphe


“Intoxicated By My Illness” Anatole Broyard


“The Seven Story Mountain” Thomas Merton


“Going Home” Doris Lessing


“Hunger” Roxane Gay


“Sleepers” Lorenzo Carcaterra


“Notes of a Native Son” — James Baldwin


“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” — Malcolm X


“The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.


Editor‘s Pick

“The Basement” — Kate Millett
— Not exactly memoir. WARNING: approach carefully.


“What's to Become of the Boy?” — Heinrich Boll
— “Growing up poor, rebellious, and anti-Fascist in Nazi Germany.” (Amazon)