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.