12 favorite memoirs

I love memoirs! I love to read them. I love to help people write them. I love that the LDS Women Project is a series of mini-memoirs. Some favorites:

  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
  • Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • A Walk in My Shoes by Ben Schilaty
  • Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
  • The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling
  • Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd
  • This is What America Looks Like by Ilhan Omar

I notice that only two are from men. I’ve read lots of memoirs by men, but they were not my favorites. I apparently connect more strongly with women’s writing.

I notice that they’re about life – here’s this situation I found myself in, and this is how I dealt with it.

There are three a bit more tailored to food, which is quite hilarious to my husband and me because I hate cooking. I cook for the utility of it, to eat, not because I enjoy the act and art of cooking itself. But obviously I like reading about people who do! Ha!

When I reviewed my entire reading journal, I noticed a lot of memoirs about hiking … but they did not make the cut for favorites. Huh.

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