You're Not the Only One: 8 Memoirs to Get You Through Hard Times
Here are eight truth-filled books to turn to when your mind is full of confused, not-so-helpful thoughts.
By Leigh Newman
Original Content |
January 27, 2012
A wry, raw roller coaster of a memoir about a marriage gone kaput.
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.
Groom's struggle is with alcoholism, but the story behind her disease—the baby she gave up for adoption at age 19 and his subsequent death from leukemia—is so piercing and true that you live the story as much as read it.
The moving illustrated memoir of the growth and transformation of a young artist.
Leymah Gbowee's revolutionary (gut-wrenching) memoir.
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.
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."' '
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.