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!
- Liar’s Club, Mary Carr
- The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan
- Adopted Reality: A Memoir, Laura Dennis
- Wherever I Wind Up, R.A. Dickey
- Letters From Mom: A Daughter’s Journal of Healing, Joyce Kocinski
- Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a condescending egomaniacal, self-centered smart-ass, or why you should never carry a Prada Bag to the unemployment office, Jen Lancaster
- Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found, Jennifer Lauck
- Perfection, Julie Metz
- Tilli’s Story: My Thoughts are Free, Tilli Schulze
- Expect This: A Pregnancy Memoir, Heather Slee
Books about Writing
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions for Writing and Life, Anne Lamott (Michelle W. on The Daily Post shared a great description of this standby in a post today on the craft of writing)
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King
Have you read a memoir you’d recommend? Please share.