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Must-Reads for Future Memoirists

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If you think you’re ready to write your first memoir, take a moment to familiarize with the tradition of the genre by reading at least a few of these titles.

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Lying – Lauren Slater Report Abuse
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Don’t Leave Me Lonely – Claudia Rankine Report Abuse
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The Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston Report Abuse
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Auschwitz & After – Charlotte Delbo Report Abuse
This trilogy focuses on Delbo’s pre-arrest life, time in several concentration camps, and, most poignantly, her life after her release from Auschwitz.
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The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion Report Abuse
This memoir is a mesmerizing account of Didion’s attempts to cope with the sudden death of her husband.
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Dog Years – Mark Doty Report Abuse
One of Doty’s best works of nonfiction, Dog Years chronicles the life spans of his two golden retrievers while exploring humans’ relationships to dogs, life and death.
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The Solace of Open Spaces – Gretel Erlich Report Abuse
This is a collection of beautiful autobiographical essays about living in rural Wyoming.
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The Art of Time in Memoir – Sven Birkerts Report Abuse
This collection of essays offers helpful and easy-to-read analyses of how time has been negotiated in memoirs throughout history.
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The Situation and the Story – Vivian Gornick Report Abuse
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Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy Report Abuse
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The Starched Blue Sky of Spain – Josephine Herbst Report Abuse
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Operating Instructions – Anne Lamott Report Abuse
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Survival in Auschwitz – Primo Levi Report Abuse
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Bachelorhood – Phillip Lopate Report Abuse
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Remembering the Bonehouse – Nancy Mairs Report Abuse
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In the Shadow of Memory – Floyd Skloot Report Abuse
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Memories of a Catholic Girlhood – Mary McCarthy Report Abuse
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Lucky – Alice Sebold Report Abuse
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The Diving Bell & The Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby Report Abuse
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard Report Abuse
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