Top Ten Books Every Memoir Lover Should Read


   Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme

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


Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley


House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


El Deafo by Cece Bell


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


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)



How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

how i discovered

March: Book One by John Robert Lewis