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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

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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

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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