Recommended Memoirs

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Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Tis by Frank McCourt

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald

The Nazi’s Officers Wife by Edith Hahn Beer

Dry by Augusten Burrows

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burrows

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

My Friend Leonard by James Frey

The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia by Mark Salzman

My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid

Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy

Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers

Without a Map: A Memoir by Meredith Hall

This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff

Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

The Tender Bar: A Memoir by by J. R. Moehringer

Dog Years: A Memoir by Mark Doty

The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival by by Stanley Alpert

Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence by Matthew Sanford

Chosen by a Horse: A Memoir by Susan Richards

My Father’s Secret War: A Memoir by Lucinda Franks

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill

Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen

Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs

God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir by John Bul Bul Dau, Michael Sweeney, Michael S. Sweeney

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

Easter Everywhere: A Memoir by Darcey Steinke

Unwanted: A Memoir by Kien Nguyen

Persian Girls: A Memoir by Nahid Rachlin

Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jeff Bell

Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Seamstress: A Memoir of Survival by Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Toots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels

Out of Egypt: A Memoir by Andre Aciman

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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