Memoirs We Love
You'll be swept away by these powerful true stories, from a rich tapestry of a Southern life to a brave tale of survival following a tragic accident.
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November 05, 2010
Watching your mother die is horrible enough. Watching her die because your father is denying her medical treatment is, for most of us, unimaginable. But not for Lucia Greenhouse, whose fathermothergod is as much an indictment of Christian Science as it is a memoir of her family's experience of loss.
You may never look at that lamp the same way again after reading this evocative memoir told through physical objects.
Fuller celebrates her mother's unconventional life in Africa with a book that's both prequel and sequel to her acclaimed memoir Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.
Playwright Wendy Wasserstein lived creatively, died young, and left an impressive body of work. This exhaustive biography reveals her public triumphs and private heartaches.
What was it like to grow up the daughter of author Joseph Heller? This memoir suggests it was a catch-22.
To read Jeanette Winterson is to love her. Best known as the author of such provocative novels as Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Sexing the Cherry, the fierce, curious, brilliant British writer is winningly candid in her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
A revealing look at the singer's hit songs, famous friends (Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty), rocky marriage to James Taylor, and struggle to hold on to stardom in late middle age.
A young woman's memoir about finding the courage to break with a cloistered community.
A memoir centered on a coffin? Yes, and it works. A Chinese journalist writes about honoring his grandmother's wish to be buried in defiance of government rules.
Yes, you can laugh while having your consciousness raised; this Pakistani immigrant's memoir of aspiring to be the ideal Englishman proves it.
The singer-songwriter and liberal activist explores the highs and lows of a career that's spanned more than half a century (so far).
Whether you agree or disagree with their decision, you'll be unable to turn away from the heartbreaking true story of a paralyzed man and the devoted brother who helps him die.
Notes from the best-selling columnist in whose writing women have long seen themselves.
So much for the honeymoon stage. A comic memoir by an American who endures endless frustrations after moving to the city he'd long romanticized.
An American family grieves for what might have been.
The Israeli author remembers his family matriarch's love-hate affair with both dirt and her electric "svieeperrr."
A memoir by a young woman who had to learn to leave the past behind.
While Lives Other Than My Own (Metropolitan) might have been just another "why me?" memoir, it is, in the French novelist and biographer's hands, a wise study of the roots and rewards of altruism.
Blue Nights' 'does what memoirs can do best: illuminate a crucial portion—and not the entirety—of a human life. In this case, prose master Joan Didion focuses on her relationship with her daughter, Quintana Roo, who she adopted in the late 1960s.
Suffering from writer's block, Miranda July found diversion from her stalled screenplay in an unlikely place—the' 'PennySaver.
Diane Keaton's heartfelt memoir full of personal memories and behind-the-scenes celebrity moments.
An African-American journalist examines her lifelong habit of being emotional caretaker to men who rarely appreciate, let alone reciprocate, her sacrifices.
The author of this lighthearted memoir moves to Chicago for her man, and finds herself friendless. Her solution: 52 "girl dates" in as many weeks.
In her charming memoir, Second Wind, Cami Ostman sets out on a quest to find herself—26.2 grueling miles at a time.
A memoir that flings open the kitchen door to expose the backbreaking toil and passionate obsession of a world-class chef.
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Diana Joseph is a wisecracking memoirist whose hard-boiled sense of humor--on full display in I'm Sorry You Feel That Way--will have readers snorting and shaking their heads.
Cathleen Medwick reviews Little Boy Blues by Malcolm Jones, a memoir of the author's childhood in an impoverished, fractured North Carolina household in the 1950s and '60s.
Ellen Feldman reviews Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt, a deeply affecting and unsparing memoir of moving in with his three grandchildren after his daughter's sudden death.
Kristy Davis reviews Literary Life by Larry McMurtry, a memoir (the second in a trilogy) of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's life.
Cathleen Medwick reviews Born Round by Frank Bruni, a hugely enjoyable memoir about overeating, dieting, dating, and learning to think judiciously about the dizzying danger zone of dinner.
Peter Smith reviews Parallel Play by Tim Page, a memoir in which the author looks back on his life with the newly added perspective of knowing he has Asperger's syndrome.
Cathleen Medwick reviews The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin, a memoir about growing up biracial in Jamaica.
Vince Passaro reviews Lost in the Meritocracy by Walter Kirn, a sad, true, and funny memoir based on life's lessons.
Michele Owens reviews Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley, a son's fond, fizzy memoir of two witty, incorrigible parents.
Francine Prose reviews Things I've Been Silent About, a vivid memoir of a family's turmoil and a country's fate.
Patricia Volk reviews Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies, an all-too-true story of love and betrayal.
Cathleen Medwick reviews When Skateboards Will be Free, a wry, lovely memoir about growing up with a deeply political parent.
Cathleen Medwick reviews Wishful Drinking, actress Carrie Fisher's memoir adapted from her one-woman show.
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Half a Life, a beyond-brave memoir by Darin Strauss, offers an intensely personal look at the most agonizing events in the author's life after a tragic accident.
In Someone Will Be with You Shortly, O columnist Lisa Kogan riffs on motherhood, politics, relationships, and life itself, displaying the deadpan wit which we've come to love.
In the letter to her son that opens Mary Karr's irresistible memoir' 'Lit, chronicling a decade of motherhood, alcoholism, and a long, skeptical slog toward faith, she writes, "Any way I tell this story is a lie, so I ask you to disconnect the device in your head that repeats at intervals how ancient and addled I am."' '
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Elaina Richardson reviews My Judy Garland Life: A Memoir by Susie Boyt, a loving, loopy memoir costarring the girl from Oz.
Cathleen Medwick reviews I'm Down by Mishna Wolff, a memoir about growing up with a single white father--not too unusual, except that he is convinced he is black.
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"After a loss, you have to learn to believe the dead one is dead. It
doesn't come naturally." That seemingly simple observation is just one
of the many profound thoughts in Meghan O'Rourke's The Long Goodbye
(Riverhead), an achingly moving memoir about her mother's death in 2008
at age 55.
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Passionate, personal, and exhaustively researched, this memoir by journalist and Zimbabwe native Peter Godwin exposes the ravages of dictator Robert Mugabe's reign.
In her memoir of science and medical miracles, Ackerman writes affectionately of her husband's battle to recover from a stroke that robbed him of language.
An irreverent memoir about a recovering alcoholic and the pet whose antics could drive a man to drink.
The Sophie's Choice author's glamorous, brilliant, drunken life, and brutally tormented mind, as recalled by his youngest child.
Moments of exquisite pain and surprising joy fill this memoir by a poet who sets out to understand the shocking death of her sibling.
A preppy editor ends up working the night shift behind the counter at his immigrant in-laws' Brooklyn grocery store in this funny, poignant, true story.
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Little Princes is the story of Conor Grennan's accidental career as a rescuer of displaced kids in Nepal.
An American mother recounts her struggle to adjust to a new life in Beijing—and then face another challenge, this one medical.
An American reporter who moves to the Middle East paints an intimate portrait of civilian life in war-torn Baghdad and Beirut.
Now widowed, a wife of 47 years explains how she came to terms with the hidden demons of the man she married.
The author of House of Sand and Fog reveals a youth spent fighting on the streets and in the ring—and a lifetime of trying to connect with his father.
In lyrically elegant prose, Mira Bartók's The Memory
Palace explores not just relationships but the
slippery nature of memory itself.
One family, six months, zero digital devices. Read this true story for inspiration. Read it for laughs. Maybe even read it on your iPad.
In Annie Proulx's Bird Cloud, the beloved author couples masterly prose with her obsessive research on history, ecology and genealogy in a memoir of how she ended up building a ranch in Wyoming.
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