July 22, 2022
Do You Have Memorable Memoirs on Your Bookshelf?
Today for the July #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge I’m focusing on Memoirs.
The memoirs I love have something to say about LIFE. My favorite memoirs are not the simplistic and often self-indulgent recounting of a celebrity’s life, fascinating as that may be!
The titles listed are representative of memoirs I’ve loved (and not an exhaustive list). As usual with any genre, personal taste accounts for my favorites. Reviews links are included when available. Do we share any favorites?
***Titles in this post are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links.
(in no particular order)
Why: Although the detailed recounting of tennis matches could have been condensed, they actually help me understand the grueling (physical and mental) nature of the game. I really appreciate his reflections on the meaning of his life (any life) and his conclusions that helping/serving others is the secret ingredient of a fulfilling life. In my review (click title to follow link), I’ve included several poignant quotes.
Why: I really appreciate the glimpse into Trevor Noah’s childhood experiences and candid reflections on post-Apartheid racism in South Africa. I gained a new understanding of what it means to be “mixed race.” See my full review by clicking on the title. (FYI, there’s also a YA version of the book)
Why: I appreciate Bryan Stevenson’s reflections on racial injustice and learning about his own initiative. Click on the title to follow the link to my full review. (FYI, there’s a YA version of the book)
Why: Years and years ago, before I read so much in the historical fiction (WW11) genre, I read The Hiding Place. I would like to experience a reread and review it properly. I think it would be more interesting/meaningful now because I’ve read so many WW11 titles. Not reviewed. (Christian)
Why: I love how Dr. Eger applies the difficult learnings from her time in a concentration camp to our lives today.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
Why: I love the field of psychology, but at first, I wasn’t sure about this memoir. I wasn’t too sympathetic to a therapist who couldn’t handle a personal break-up. However, as I continued to read, I ended up loving the memoir.
Why: This memoir reads like a thriller! Read my review by clicking on the title link.
Why: 1. I love Mitch Albom; and 2. I love “found family” and adoption. I appreciate how Albom tenderly and candidly shares his experiences of taking guardianship of a medically fragile child. His reflections on what makes a family are thoughtful and poignant. My review can be found by clicking on the title.
Why: Well,….it was a case of FOMO but I am intrigued by a complicated family drama. I appreciate the example of an individual who grows up in a dysfunctional family and can escape and create a healthier life for herself. See my review by following the title link.
Why: I love baseball and nostalgia and I appreciate Goodwin’s writing. I love a peek into the 50s and 60s! Click on the title to see my full review.
Why: I love this look into Woodson’s childhood experiences. It encourages understanding and compassion for children in similar circumstances. Read my review by clicking on the title link.
Why: I appreciate the exposure to a culture I didn’t grow up in, and I found a great deal in here that applied to the student population I served at the time. Read my full review by clicking on the title.
Why: After reading a great deal of WW11 historical fiction, I greatly appreciate reading about the life of a veteran and his experiences before, during, and after the war. Although this isn’t technically a memoir, it comes across as one because of the author’s extensive interviews. I read this before I started blogging….so no formal review.
Why: Actually my grandson recommended this to me as he was reading it for a high school class. Like Educated, it’s a remarkable story of dysfunctional family, resilience, and survival. Click on the title for my review.
Why: When I taught 5th grade, the special education teacher recommended this memoir to me. I loved that it was a diverse read and I bought copies for my classroom. Several students enjoyed reading about these three kids who made a pact to support each other in school and pursue their dreams in the medical field. As adults, these three doctors have a foundation to help students like themselves. Not reviewed.
Why: I love this inspiring memoir of a man who dedicates his life to providing intervention, work, community, and hope for gang members in Los Angeles, California. Not reviewed.
Do you have a favorite memoir to share?
In your opinion, what makes a memoir memorable?
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