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Initial post: Dec 6, 2009 5:27:01 AM PST
Ange says:
I love memoirs! Nothing like diving head first into other people's interesting stories. I love travel memoirs especially. I am currently reading Getting Stoned With Savages by J. Marteen Troost. Very cool book. I recently finished one of my the best memoirs I have ever read... Imagine: A Vagabond Story by Grant Lingel will blow you away! If you like reading interesting stories about others, Imagine will rock your world.
Imagine: A Vagabond Story

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 11:38:38 AM PST
My favorite memoir right now is Cloyne Court by Dodie Katague.

To give you an idea, here's the blurb from the back cover.

In 1946, the "real" all male "Animal House" was born when Cloyne Court become a student co-op. In the 50 & 60s, the "beasts" waged war with the Berkeley Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, an athletically-oriented fraternity. That feud ended when Cloyne's archenemies moved across campus. However, the real story begins when Cloyne Court went co-ed in 1972 with the arrival of sixty-two women. Katague's sexy, reveal-all creative memoir takes place in the late 70s, soon after the women moved in. All it takes is one kiss to transform animals into horny princes.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 2:17:20 PM PST
If you like memoirs, you must read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 3:14:34 PM PST
One of my favorites is When the Crocodile Eats the Sun. I think the author is Peter Goodwin. It's a look at the Zimbabwe of his childhood contrasted with the country today and is a fascinating read. BK

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Posted on Jan 4, 2010 8:39:04 AM PST
Ann Olswang says:
INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an amazing book, and I would also recommend HURRY DOWN SUNSHINE by Michael Greenberg.

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Bookworm 80 says:
Admit One: My Life in film by Emmett James. A truly funny and touching book

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 2:45:01 PM PST
J. Green says:
The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers by Harry Bernstein.

Also see this recent story on NPR about memoirs:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121871393

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 3:19:40 PM PST
J. Green says:
Oops! My apologies - I meant to link to this story, where Ben Yagoda discusses the history of memoirs:
http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2009/12/31/the-truth-gradient-in-memoir-writing/

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Posted on Feb 9, 2010 11:46:42 AM PST
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (Modern Library)

William Styron's memoir of madness linked above is my favorite. It is honest and beautifully written.

A Season in Hell

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 10:33:07 AM PST
All But My Life

I really liked this Holocaust survivor's memoir. It is truly one of the most powerful and honest things I've ever read.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 12:24:54 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 11, 2010 9:29:35 AM PST
Remember Us: My Journey from the Shtetl Through the Holocaust

Everyone in the USA should read this account by an amazing man, Martin Small. I am honored to have known him. He has etched a special place on my heart.

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Posted on Mar 2, 2010 7:58:34 PM PST
Three Small Suspects: A Memoir
I just finished this Memoir by Nicholas Horgan and found it quite entertaining. Life growing upin the 50's and 60's in small town NewZealand. I am of the same time frame but in small town Oregon. I could relate to many of the short tales of this growing up saga. Quite funny in places (some humor of a regoinal nature I'm sure), poignant in others, exciting as well. Just good fun. Enjoy.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 10:18:36 PM PST
Lover Girl says:
My favorite-ever memoir just came out (on paperback with Three Rivers Press; Random House) and it's called "Orangutan", by Colin Broderick. This New York City Northern Irish writer takes us to the depths of hell and then back to life in this Bukowski-esque alcoholic memoir. It's absolutely the only memoir I've ever read (and many others have said the same) that gives such insight into the Irish drinking life, which is very serious, terrible, and at (seldom) times, beautiful or dark-charming or funny. I could not put it down and others keep telling me the same! Two days is the average reading time for this book. Every single review (with very few exceptions) and every single reader (with very few exceptions) is raving and glowing.

Posted on May 15, 2010 6:23:47 PM PDT
My Battle With Mental Illness Personified By Nemasa Asetra is a good memoir of a person's battle with mental illness and how she overcomes obstacles.

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