Hello, friends and book lovers! Today, I’m giving some recommendations for memoirs.
I love memoirs, partially
(largely) because I’m a nosy person and partially because I think it’s a great way to learn about the world from a different perspective. I also think they’re a great way to read more nonfiction if you find nonfiction boring. Memoirs tend to be a lot more like novels, and follow a general narrative, which can make them easier to read if you tend to read fiction.
So, today I’m talking about some of my favourites, some of which are fairly popular and some of which are less well-known.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This graphic memoir follows Satrapi growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution. I really loved reading about Satrapi’s childhood and her parents and their beliefs. It was really interesting to see how much they influenced Satrapi, and how they were very different from what people stereotypically picture Iranian parents are like. I also loved the art style of this graphic memoir and thought it really worked with the story. Highly recommend.
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugar
Jaycee Dugar was kidnapped when she was eleven and held captive for eighteen years. This book is her recounting of that experience. If you like true crime, I would definitely recommend this one. She does a good job of explaining what she went through without being graphic or gory. It’s definitely not perfect, and the writing is a little clunky at times (but Dugar didn’t have formal education during those 18 years so it’s to be expected tbh), but it’s really interesting.
The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien
I’ve talked about this book a ton, but it’s definitely worth talking about more. Julien’s father was convinced he could turn her into a superhuman if she underwent severe abuse and neglect. The book is poignant and harrowing, and definitely not an easy read, but it is super interesting and hopeful in the end.
In Pieces by Sally Field
This is, obviously, Sally Field’s memoir, largely chronicling her childhood and the beginning of her career. I wasn’t expecting to be as touched by this as I was, but it ended up being super intimate and personal. I enjoyed reading about her family dynamics and how they played into the beginning of her career. I definitely enjoy it, even if you’re hesitant about celebrity memoirs.
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Everyone and their mom has probably read this book by now, but if you haven’t, this is your sign to pick it up. It describes Machado’s abusive relationship with a woman through literary techniques, and it’s so well done. I adored this book, and cannot recommend this enough.
We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
As the subtitle to this book suggests, this memoir follows a queer Muslim woman in Canada, and talks about her childhood and finding her identity. I loved the exploration of her religion and how that influenced her identity and sexuality. This book is so under hyped and deserves much more love.
So there are some memoirs I recommend! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are your favourite memoirs? Let me know!