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!
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
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.
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…