Lists of memoirs

None of these memoirs is endorsed by Mr. Hatten or Edina Public Schools: This is merely a list

Memoir outside reading

Some memoirs to ponder:


Title                                                                                         Author

Chronicles: Volume 1                                                               Bob Dylan

Running With Scissors                                                             Augusten Burroughs

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim                             David Sedaris

Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen By Proxy Childhood           Julie Gregory

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster           Jon Krakauer

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir                                                                     Frank McCourt

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books                         Azar Nafisi

Mountain City                                                                          Greg Martin

In the Shadow of Memory                                                                      Floyd Skloot

Hons and Rebels                                                                                       Jessica Mitford

Astro Turf                                                                                                   M.G. Lord

How I Became Hettie Jones                                                                   Hettie Jones

Minor Characters                                                                                      Joyce Johnson

Hole in the Sky                                                                         William Kittredge Rain or Shine                                                                                       Cyra McFadden

Going Back to Bisbee                                                                              Richard Shelton

Black Dog of Fate                                                                             Peter Balakian

Stealing Buddha’s Dinner                                                                      Bich Minh Nguyen

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier                                Ishmael Beah

This Boy’s Life                                                                                           Tobias Wolf


Another list

A Few Memoirs…

Aardema, Verna. A Bookworm Who Hatched                      

Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie                               

Allende, Isabel. Paula

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings                   

Appelt, Kathi. My Father’s Summers: A Daughter’s Memoirs               

Ardizzone, Ed. Young Ardizzone: An Autobiographical Fragment           

Armstrong, Lance. It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life       

Ashabranner, Brent. The Times of My Life                        

Baker, Russell. Growing Up                                   

Balakian, Peter. Black Dog of Fate

Bandele, Asha. The Prisoner’s Wife                               

Bernhardt, Sarah. My Double Life                                

Bourdain, Anthony. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine                               

Bragg, Rick. All Over But the Shoutin’                           

Bragg, Rick. Ava’s Man

Breytenbach, Breyten. Dog Heart

Browse, Lillian. Duchess of Cork Street: The Autobiography of an Art Dealer

Bryson, Bill. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail                                                    

Bulla, Clyde Robert. A Grain of Wheat                            

Burgett, Donald R. Seven Roads to Hell: A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne    

Burroughs, Augusten. Running with Scissors                       

Butler, Cleora. Cleora’s Kitchens: The Memoir of a Cook & Eight Decades of Great American Food 

Byars, Betsy. The Moon and I                                   

Cain, Chelsea. Dharma Girl:  A Road Trip Across the Generations           

Carr, Rosamund H. Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda            

Carroll, James. An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us

Cary, Lorene. Black Ice                                       

Chambers, Veronica. Mama’s Girl                               

Chen, De. Colors of the Mountain                                

Child, Julia and Alex Prud’homme. My Life in France                   

Cleaver, Eldridge. Soul on Ice

Coetzee, J.M. Boyhood:  Scenes from Provincial Life

Collins, Judy. Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength

Conlon-McIvor, Maura. FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father’s Code

Conroy, Pat. My Losing Season                               

Conway, Jill Ker. The Road from Coorain                           

Cournos, Francine. City of One                               

Cozza, Carm. True Blue

Crow Dog, Mary. Lakota Woman                               

Crutcher, Chris. King of the Mild Frontier                           

Dahl, Roald. Boy

Davis, Eric. Born to Play                                   

DeRosier, Linda S. Creeker: A Woman’s Journey                     

Didion, Joan. The Year Of Magical Thinking                        

Dillard, Annie. An American Childhood                           

Dumas, Firoozeh. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America    

Eggers, Dave. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius               

Ellerbee, Linda. Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table

Fadiman, Anne. Ex Libris                                   

Fisher, M.F.K. Long Ago in France: The Years in Dijon                   

Foley, Mick. Have a Nice Day!                                    

Foote, Horton. Farewell: The Memoir of a Texas Childhood               

Ford, Emma. Fledgling Days: Memoir of a Falconer                    

Frankel, Max. The Times of My Life and My Life with the Times            

Franklin, Aretha. Aretha: From These Roots                        

Fuller, Alexandra. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight                    

Fussell, Betty. My Kitchen Wars

Gantos, Jack. Hole in My Life                                    

Garofalo, Janeane. Feel This Book                            

Gilbert, Elizabeth. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia                                

Glenn, John. John Glenn: A Memoir

Goldsmith, Martin. The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany                                      

Gottlieb, Lori. Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self                   

Graham, Katherine. Personal History                            

Graham, Robin. Dove

Grattan, John W. Under the Blue Pennant                            

Grealy, Lucy. Autobiography of a Face                           

Greeley, Andrew. Furthermore: Memories of a Parish Priest            

Grogan, John. Marley & Me: Life And Love With the World’s Worst Dog        

Hakakian, Roya. Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran

Hall, Donald. Fathers Playing Catch with Sons

Handler, Lowell. Twitch and Shout: A Touretter’s Tale

Hasselstrom, Linda. Feels Like Far: A Rancher’s Life on the Great Plains

Hawk, Tony. Hawk: Occupation Skateboarder                       

Helfer, Ralph. Modoc                                       

Helget, Nicole Lea. The Summer of Ordinary Ways                     

Hentoff, Nat. Speaking Freely

Heywood, Leslie. Pretty Good for a Girl: An Athlete’s Story

Hickam, Homer H. October Sky                                 

Hinojosa, Maria. Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son

Hornbacher, Marya. Wasted:  A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Idle, Eric. The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America

Jackson, Livia Bitton. I Have Loved a Tousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust            

Jacobs, Harriet. Narrative in the Life of a Slave Girl                    

Jiang, Ji-li. Red Scarf Girl                                   

Johnson, Joyce. Minor Characters                               

Jones, Hettie. How I Became Hettie Jones                           

Jung, Chang. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China                   

Karesh, William B. Appointment at the Ends of the World: Memoirs of a Wildlife Veterinarian

Karr, Mary. The Liars Club

Kaysen, Susanna. Girl, Interrupted                               

Kearns Goodwin, Doris. Wait ‘Til Next Year                        

Kehret, Peg. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio                       

Kercheval, Jesse Lee. Space : A Memoir                           

Kerr, M.E. Me Me Me Me Me

Kimmel, Haven. A Girl Named Zippy                               

King, Florence. Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

Kittredge, William. Hole in the Sky

Kiyonaga, Bina C. My Spy: Memoir of a CIA Wife

Klemperer, Victor. I Will Bear Witness                             

Korda, Michael. Another Life: A Memoir of Other People                

Kuusisto, Stephen. Planet of the Blind                         

Lamott, Anne. Operating Instructions                           

Lamott, Anne. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith                

Lewin, Ted. I was a Teenage Professional Wrestler                   

Lewis, John. Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement            

Lord, M.G. Astro Turf

MacNeill, Mary. The Widow Down by the Brook: A Memoir of a Time Gone By

Mah, Adeline Yen. Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter   

Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X                       

Mar, M. Elaine. Paper Daughter                                 

Marks, Leo. Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker’s War, 1941-1945       

Martin, Greg. Mountain City

Mason, Bobbie A.  Clear Springs                             

McCain, John. Worth the Fighting For                            

McCall, Nathan. Makes Me Wanna Holler                           

McCarthy, Claire. Learning how the heart beats: the making of a pediatrician  

McCarthy, Mary. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood                   

McCourt, Frank. ‘Tis

McCourt, Frank. Angela’s Ashes                               

McDonald, Brian. My Father’s Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD

McDonald, Janet. Project Girl

McFadden, Cyra. Rain or Shine

McGough, Matthew. Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees                                       

McKissack, Patricia. Mirandy and Brother Wind                        

McPhail, David. In Flight

Mitford, Jessica. Hons and Rebels

Mohr, Nicholasa. Growing Up Inside the Sanctuary of My Imagination

Mooney, Samantha. A Snowflake in My Hand                       

Mosley, Walter. What Next?                                     

Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy                                   

Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Nordan, Lewis. Boy With Loaded Gun:  A Memoir

Novac, Ana. The Beautiful Days of My Youth                       

O’Neill, Molly. Mostly True: A Memoir of Family, Food and Baseball           

Opincar, Abe. Fried Butter: A Food Memoir                       

Palmer, Arnold. A Golfer’s Life                                 

Paulsen, Gary. Guts

Paulsen, Gary. My Life in Dog Years                               

Peltier, Leonard. Prison Writings: My Life is My Sundance                

Pepin, Jacques. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen               

Petroni, Guglielmo. The World is a Prison                             

Pham, Andrew X. Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam                               

Powell, Colin. My American Journey

Reichl, Ruth. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Reichl, Ruth. Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table

Rodriguez, Richard. Brown: The Last Discovery of America

Rodriguez, Richard. Hunger of Memory                            

Roiphe, Anne. 1185 Park Avenue                               

Runyon, Brent. The Burn Journals                               

Ryan, Nolan. Miracle Man

Said, Edward W. Out of Place                                    

Salzman, Mark. Iron and Silk                                   

Salzman, Mark. Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia

Santos, John P. Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation

Seabold, Alice. Lucky                                       

Sedaris, David. Naked

Sedaris, David. Me Talk Pretty One Day                   

Seitz, Raymond. Over Here

Seton, Nora J. The Kitchen Congregation

Shankar, Ravi. Raga Mala                                   

Shetlon, Richard. Going Back to Bisbee                            

Simmons, Richard. Still Hungry—After All These Years                 

Singer, Isaac Beshevis. In My Father’s Court                       

Skloot, Floyd. In the Shadow of Memory                           

Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charley: In Search of America            

Summer, Lauralee. Learning Joy from Dogs Without Collars               

Thomas, Helen. Thanks for the Memoires, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House

Timberlake, Bob. Partial to Home: A Memoir of the Heart

Toth, Susan Allen. Blooming:  A Smalll-Town Girlhood                

Traig, Jennifer. Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

Troost, J. Maarten. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

Tvedten, Benet. View from a Monastery                             

Vizzini, Ned. Teen Angst?

Williams, Donna. Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic

Wilson, Philip. Driver: Six Weeks in an Eighteen-Wheeler

Wolf, Tobias. This Boy’s Life                                   

Zander, Benjamin. The Art of the Possible