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Best Memoir Books Worth Your Attention

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Memoir books.

1. The Art of Memoir (2016)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your AttentionCredited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse.  (The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas.) In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and…
Author(s): Mary Karr

2. The Girl in the Treehouse: A Memoir (2018)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your AttentionImagine … growing up in an unfinished geodesic dome home with no heat or running water, wearing the same clothes to school every day, and eating breakfast cereal with warm goat milk. In this whimsical, poetic, and gripping autobiographical account, Jennifer Asbenson describes her abusive, dysfunctional, and chaotic upbringing, her abduction and escape from a serial killer, her years in and out of mental hospitals, her decision to heal herself, and ultimately, her path to wholeness. Jennifer tells how, from her youngest years, she learned to retreat into her imagination to develop the ability to survive. The Girl…
Author(s): Jennifer Asbenson

3. Freckled: A Memoir of Growing up Wild in Hawaii (2019)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your AttentionWe live in a place everyone calls paradise. Sure, Kauai’s beautiful, with empty beaches, drip-castle mountains, and perfect surf…but we’ve been “camping” for six months, eating boiled chicken feed for breakfast, and wearing camouflage clothes so no one sees us trespassing in our jungle hideout. The cockroaches�leave rainbow colors all over everything from eating the crayons we left outside the tent, and now a tractor is coming to scrape our camp into the river.Standing in front of the tent in my nightgown, clinging to my sister as we face the tractor, I know my own…
Author(s): TW Neal

4. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (2018)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your AttentionIn this instant and tenacious bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like….
Author(s): Phil Knight

5. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (2019)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your Attention* Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side, and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working class Americans living in the heartland. During Sarah’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, she enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, but observed the painful challenges of the poverty around her; untreated medical conditions for lack of insurance or consistent care,…
Author(s): Sarah Smarsh

6. The Size of Everything: a memoir (2018)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your Attention-W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times Bestselling AuthorAs the face of her eponymous couture bridal business, Erin Cole radiates refined elegance. But the designer’s glamorous lifestyle and sweeping success belie a childhood marked by profound dysfunction. Raised on a steady diet of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and death, no one would have expected Cole to go on to become a force in the fashion world. As a child, she often had no access to food; other times she was force-fed until she vomited. At home and at school, she was beaten, bullied and belittled. Her alcoholic parents alternately abused and ignored…
Author(s): Erin Cole, Jenna McCarthy

7. Saturday’s Child: A Daughter’s Memoir (2019)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your Attention“Devilishly sharp… a masterful balance of psychological excavation and sumptuous description.”―Kirkus ReviewsAn only child, Deborah Burns grew up in prim 1950s America in the shadow of her beautiful, unconventional, rule-breaking mother, Dorothy―a red-haired beauty who looked like Rita Hayworth and skirted norms with a style and flair that made her the darling of men and women alike. Married to the son of a renowned Italian family with ties to the underworld, Dorothy fervently eschewed motherhood and domesticity, turning Deborah over to her spinster aunts to raise while she was the star of a vibrant social life….
Author(s): Deborah Burns

8. Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (1999)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your AttentionSpeaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men’s solicitude and the money that goes with it. In , we enter a world where…
Author(s): Arthur Golden

9. Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (2019)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your AttentionWhen Sarah Vallance is thrown from a horse and suffers a jarring blow to the head, she believes she’s walked away unscathed. The next morning, things take a sharp turn as she’s led from work to the emergency room. By the end of the week, a neurologist delivers a devastating prognosis: Sarah suffered a traumatic brain injury that has caused her IQ to plummet, with no hope of recovery. Her brain has irrevocably changed.Afraid of judgment and deemed no longer fit for work, Sarah isolates herself from the outside world. She spends months at home, with her dogs as her only source of companionship, battling a personality she no longer…
Author(s): Sarah Vallance

10. Educated (2018)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your AttentionFor readers of The Glass Castle and Wild, a stunning new memoir about family, loss and the struggle for a better future#1 International BestsellerTara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many…
Author(s): Tara Westover

11. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (2018)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your Attention#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF “6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP’S WIN” AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD “You will not read a more important book about America this year.”—The Economist “A riveting book.”—The Wall Street Journal”Essential reading.”—David Brooks, New York TimesHillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for…
Author(s): J. D. Vance

12. The Glass Castle: A Memoir (2006)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your AttentionThe perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and…
Author(s): Jeannette Walls

13. Bettyville: A Memoir (2016)

Best Memoir Books Worth Your Attention    When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind…
Author(s): George Hodgman

Best Memoir Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some memoir books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

An accidental sportswriter : a memoir

Author(s): Robert Lipsyte
Publisher: Ecco , Year: [2011], Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 876456

Fanny Hill: Or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Author(s): John Cleland
Publisher: e-booksdirectory@com, Year: n.d., Size: 1018 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 400087

Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy: The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir

Author(s): by Lincoln Alexander (Author), Herb Shoveller (Collaborator)
Publisher: Dundurn, Year: March 26 2012, Size: 30 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1308747

Is That The Shirt You’re Wearing?: a memoir in essays

Author(s): Kristen Brakeman
Publisher: Tidal Press, Year: 5 May 2017, Size: 444 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2388656

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

Author(s): Julie Yip-Williams
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Year: 5 Feb 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2325297

On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard

Author(s): Jennifer Pastiloff
Publisher: Dutton, Year: 4 Jun 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2375207

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Author(s): Mira Jacob
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, Year: 4 Apr 2019, Size: 81 Mb, Download: azw3
ID: 2388403

Out of the Shadows: A Memoir

Author(s): Timea E. Nagy, Shannon Moroney
Publisher: Doubleday Canada, Year: 28 May 2019, Size: 12 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2371710

Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy

Author(s): Charles Bronfman, Howard Green
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada, Year: 25 Oct 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2320744

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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