Top Ten Books Every Memoir Lover Should Read

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After teaching a memoir writing unit, I have fallen in love with the art of memoirs. Moments can easily get lost in the mix of life, but once the moments are penned we remember. It takes courage to write about yourself and the memoir captures and shares feelings, thoughts, and emotions you might not have remembered otherwise.

Here are my top ten books every memoir lover should read:

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka

I will always write back

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

relish

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

deafo

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphrreys

child soldier

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

wild

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

enchanted air

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

drowned city

Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima by Keiji Nakazawa (although technically a fictional account, it is so close to Keiji’s real-life experience that I’m counting it)

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*BONUS*

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

how i discovered

March: Book One by John Robert Lewis

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