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Brain, Child Writers Share Their Favorite Memoirs

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke

Night by Elie Wiesel

Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

End of Eve by Ariel Gore

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Long Road to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr

You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Relish by Lucy Knisely

The Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

Cherry by Mary Karr

Boy by Roald Dahl

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealey

Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

The Color of Water by James McBride

The Middle Years by Kelly Corrigan

The Best Day, the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon by Donald Hall

He Plays a Harp by Roberta F. King

Leaving Tinkertown by Tanya Ward Goodman

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn

An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Franki

Lucky Man by Michael J Fox

Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje

Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

Speak, Memory by Nabokov

Personal History by Katharine Graham

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Dispatches from a Not So Perfect Life by Faulkner Fox

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Lit by Mary Karr

North of Normal by Cea Person

Vegetable, Animal, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Miriam’s Kitchen by Elizabeth Ehrlich

Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas

The Sparkling Eyed Boy by Amy Benson

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Devotion by Dani Shapirp

Not by Accident by Samantha Dunn

Cocktail Hour Under The Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

Boys of my Youth by JoAnn Beard

If You Knew Then What I Know Now by Ran Van Meter

Poser by Claire Dederer

The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchett

The White Album by Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch

Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

The Kiss by Kathhryn Harrison

If Nights Could Talk by Marsha Lee Recknagel

This Lovely Life by Vicki Forman

An Unquiet Mind: A Memior of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief by Ann Hood

The Big House by George Howe Colt

Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

The Liar’s Club by Marry Karr

Growing Up by Russell Baker

Blood, Bones, Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Half a Life by Darin Strauss

The Words to Say It by Mari Cardinal

At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard

Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal by Ava Chin

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

The Liars Club by Mary Karr

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis by Tara Meissner

Lucky by Alice Sebold

Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Minh Nguyen

Coming Clean by Kimberley Rae Miller

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