A Book List of Memoirs

This is a list of memoirs that I’ve read since I began writing my own memoir, as well as a few I’ve read before my project and a few that are still on my bookshelf.  Some are better written than others.  Recommendations welcome!

  • Me Melvin ‘N Andy by Andy Anderson
  • Nautilus 90 North by William R. Anderson and Clay Blair Jr.
  • Growing Up by Russell Baker
  • My Own Story by Bernard Baruch
  • All over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg
  • Flight of Passage: A Memoir by Rinker Buck
  • Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
  • Alcatraz: The True End of the Line by Darwin E. Coon
  • SisterMotherHusbandDog by Delia Ephron
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Why I Left the Amish by Saloma Miller Furlong
  • B-17 Bomber Crew Diary by Edward J. Giering
  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
  • Lit by Mary Karr
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • No Limits: How I Beat the Slots by Debbie Tosun Kilday (CAPA)
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  • Love and Sand: An RAF Flyer’s memoir of love, lies and mayhem in the WWII Deserts of North Africa by H.M.Layton (CAPA)
  • A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
  • Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham
  • Mountain City by Gregory Martin
  • Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  • The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicky Myron with Bret Witter
  • Reading Lolita in Iran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  • Persepolis: A Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • Burma Surgeon by Gordon Seagrave
  • Prisoner of War Number 2378 by Adrian Stroud (CAPA)
  • There’s a Porcupine in my Outhouse by Michael J. Tougias
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • When we were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood

CAPA indicates members of the Connecticut Author and Publishers Association.

6 thoughts on “A Book List of Memoirs

  1. Good list and I have a lot more to add ;)! I’m so lazy, though, maybe I will take a pic of my memoir bookshelf and post it on my blog!

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