Great Memoirs

These are just some of the memoirs I recommend to my students in my annual memoir retreat and my yearlong memoir intensive. I love reading memoir and am always open to hearing about one you particularly loved!
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Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

oddly enough, this is the best yet most painful book ive ever read.

Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg

Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg, An eye opener,as to how mental health care has progressed.

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic: Martha Beck. Still our all-time favorite From the culture of Harvard to Martha's own growth as a woman and mother.

Bastard Out of Carolina: A Hard Read, but Well Worth It. She's a master.

Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison: Bone, an illegitimate child in a family of social outcasts, sees her mother's happiness with her new husband and will not tell when the stepfather begins abusing her in the

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt. My most favorite book of all time. "Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood"

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, campi.

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher

Madness: A Bipolar Life, Marya Hornbacher A must read for anyone interested in mental health hg a.

First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers is a 2000 nonfiction book written by Loung Ung, a Cambodian author and survivo.

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

If you want to diversify your reading list and learn something new at the same time, you can't go wrong by reading nonfiction books about mental illness. Whether you want to read the accounts of others with your condition or better understand why abl…

The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber

A memoir with recipes, Diana Abu Jaber's The Language of Baklava is a wonderful read. I highly recommend Bud's Special Rice.