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March 1: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X

I’m going to pick something that gives you a little slice of someone’s life–memoir.

fun home

1. Fun Home; Alison Bechdel. A woman comes out as a lesbian, discovers her father is gay, and then he dies soon after, leaving her to uncover the truth of their history on her own–tragic and funny.

kitchen confidential

2. Kitchen Confidential; Anthony Bourdain. A behind the scenes look at the kitchen experiences of chef Anthony Bourdain.

if chins could kill

3. If Chins Could Kill: Bruce Campbell. The life of an actor you may or may not recognize, told with plenty of humorous stories.

my lobotomy

4. My Lobotomy; Howard Dully. A twelve-year-old boy with minor behavior problems receives a lobotomy, and struggles to cope with the effects.

the story of my life

5. The Story of My Life; Helen Keller. The story of a deaf and blind girl learning to communicate and join the world she can only touch.

Let's Pretend

6. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened; Jenny Lawson. One of my favorites, about The Bloggess, who became a sensation sharing her stories online, about her deeply weird childhood and struggles with anxiety and depression–hilarious.

look me in the eye

7. Look Me in the Eye; John Elder Robison. Though he only received a diagnosis in his forties, Robison struggled with his autism as a child–this is the story of these issues.

complete persepolis

8. The Complete Persepolis; Marjane Satrapi. A childhood in Tehran thrown in upheaval, ending in an exile from her homeland.


9. Wild: Cheryl Strayed. A woman decides to hike a famous trail in order to put her life back on track, and experience that is occasionally frightening and exhilarating.

glass castle

10. The Glass Castle; Jeanette Walls. How children who were more mature than their parents cope.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

20 responses »

  1. I enjoy memoirs, but I haven’t read anything. I have Wild, so I should read it! Great list.

  2. tiareleine says:

    I read Persepolis for school (and it was incredibly interesting) but I think that’s the only memoir I’ve ever read. I might have to check a few of these out, though!

  3. Love your list, Caitlin! Persepolis, The Glass Castle, and Fun Home are all amazing books. I’ve been meaning to read more memoirs/nonfic! Thanks for your recommendations. 🙂

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  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Every one of these sounds interesting, Caitlin.

  5. Persepolis (1 &2 and film) are all fantastic. But I need to read Kitchen Confidential, because I’m pretty sure Anthony Bourdain and I are soulmates. Great list!

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  6. I couldn’t even tell you the last memoir I have read. This makes me sad.

  7. Mari says:

    I loved Persepolis when I read it in high school and pretty much shoved the graphic novel to anyone who’d listen to me, haha. I might pick up the Bourdain book because I have tended to watch his stuff on TV.

  8. The only one I’ve read from this list is Kitchen Confidential…althought you have quite a few I’m interested in exploring. I do love non-fictions from time to time. Good list!!!!

  9. I’ve only read Jenny Lawson, and The Glass Castle, but am VERY interested in memoirs at the moment! If you have any more/ a list on goodreads I’d love to take a look!! Great list! Here’s My TTT

  10. Carrie says:

    I really need to read Jenny Lawson! 🙂 My TTT

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