A reading list for memoirists

While teaching “How to Write About Challenging Life Events” earlier this month, I wanted to share with participants how much reading helps my writing.

Maybe fledging memoirists ask “well, I’m telling my story — why do I need to read others’ stories?” but I’ve found reading how other people tell their stories has vastly improved the telling of my story.

So I’m sharing here what I shared in class: A list of memoirs and writing books that have influenced my own writing for the better. Pick one up and be inspired!

Inspiring Memoirs

Books about Writing

Have you read a memoir you’d recommend? Please share.

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3 thoughts on “A reading list for memoirists

  1. I have to recommend H.G. Beverly’s The Other Side of Charm, which just came out this past February. It is written in the second person, which at first I thought might be weird, but it absolutely works. It’s the most gripping book I’ve read in years. About a woman who finds herself married to a sociopath.

    • Oooh, I’ll have to check it out. Have you heard of lovefraud.com? It’s all about sociopaths. It’s run by a woman who was on “Who the Bleep Did I Marry?” and I ran across her when “Who the Bleep” was considering doing my story.

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