Monday, November 8, 2010

What Are Your Favorite Memoirs?

The Online Memoir Writing Workshop begins today! (If you email me today, I can squeeze you in.)

I have some favorite memoirs listed in my Amazon Store and would love to add more. What are your favorites? Please share in the Comments Section below.

One of my recent favorites is Natasha Trethewey’s Beyond Katrina, a collection of poetry and prose which I recently blogged about.

To access the Store, click the link and then choose the category on the right that interests you. You might start with “Creative Non-Fiction / Memoir Collections” or for writing suggestions, “On Creative Non-Fiction / Memoir Writing.”

8 comments:

Melabee said...

I loved Dava Sobel's book, Galileo's Daughter, which, I think, qualifies as a memoir. The book is a collection of letters written to Galileo from his daughter, Maria Celeste. It is a facinating insight into important events and mundane everyday activities.

Marcus said...

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers. It's a fun read. Very post modernist. Whatever that actually means...

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

Thanks for the recommendations and thanks for reading!

Maggie Mertens said...

Year of Magical Thinking is definitely one of my favorites (I think you already have that one). Another, "Naked in Baghdad" is a memoir from Ann Garrells an NPR Correspondent who was embedded in Baghdad during the beginning of the Iraq war. And an older book that I found used and made me want to drop everything immediately and travel the world, "The Ends of the Earth: A Journey to the frontiers of Anarchy" by Robert Kaplan.

Amy said...

I love, love, love Joan Didion, and "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" is one of my favorite books.

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

These are great! I do love Joan Didion, and teach her often. I didn't know about Ann Garrells' book and will look for it. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

Leila Emery said...

Memoir is undoubtedly my favorite genre. One of the best memoirs I have ever read is Journey from the Land of No by Roya Hakakian (http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Land-No-Girlhood-Revolutionary/dp/0609810308/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1289318289&sr=1-1). It's about the author's youth in Iran leading up to and during the Islamic Revolution. For anyone who is interested in the dramatic and devastating changes that have occurred in Iran over the past 30+ years, it's a must read. In addition to describing in brutal honesty the political upheaval in Iran during the 1970's, she also discusses the new regime's hateful treatment of women and non-Muslim minority groups, and the widespread censorship of books and speech -- all of which has carried through to the present day. One of the most appealing aspects of the book's style is that Hakakian is also a poet! Her prose is extremely lyrical; in fact, if one did not know about her background in poetry prior to reading the book, it would become very clear, even just a few pages in! I highly recommend this book, both to memoir lovers AND poets.

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

What a great recommendation, Leila! Thank you.