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Most satisfying memoirs?

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2011, 8:22:28 PM PST

Check out the reviews of It's Not about the Fish.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011, 1:30:52 AM PST
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Posted on Mar 20, 2011, 1:46:08 PM PDT
J. Chambers says:
One of the most compelling memoirs I've read in the last few years is Terry Silver's Nunzilla Was My Mother and My Stepmother Was a Witch. Terry's life as a young girl being raised in a Catholic orphanage in the 1930s reminded me a bit of "Angela's Ashes," with a touch of "Oliver Twist." It's a remarkable story.

Author of Recollections: A Baby Boomer's Memories of the Fabulous Fifties

Posted on Mar 21, 2011, 3:06:35 PM PDT
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pat black says:
I particularly enjoyed Eyeing the Flash: The Education of a Carnival Con Artist, (Simon & Schuster), by Peter Fenton. It's about the author's misspent youth on the carnival midway in the 1960s midwest. Traces his transformation from National Honor Society student to carnie grifter on shady gambling games. Definitely different.Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist

Posted on Mar 23, 2011, 2:04:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2011, 6:01:04 PM PDT
1923: A Memoir $1.09
It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.
--The Bookbag

1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader
Product Description
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family's early history-their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith's story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011, 12:37:44 PM PDT
Sam says:
COURAGE TO WALK by Robert Waxler

Posted on Apr 28, 2011, 7:07:40 PM PDT
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. She was about 50 years old when she and her family were arrested by the Nazis for hiding Jewish people in their Dutch home.

Posted on May 5, 2011, 1:05:22 PM PDT
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Posted on May 10, 2011, 3:05:40 AM PDT
D. Monroe says:
How I Built My House With No Doors

From battling ADHD and other mental matters like Psychotic Depression, for years, Dave has struggled with mental illness and addiction. He has built his world with his decisions and actions, pushing away everything he wants to hold close. Boxing himself into a corner of the world that many don't even know exists. Monroe's memoirs; traversing fact and fiction with an occasional voyage between reality and illusions are full of highs and lows that run through hospitals, jails and the not so occasional liquor store. It is an honest look at a hard life. Monroe holds nothing back and the emotion shines through.

Compelling as it is, you will find this book hard to put down.

Posted on May 10, 2011, 3:25:58 AM PDT
Mikal Gilmore: Shot in the Heart
Katharyn Harrison: The Kiss
Mary Karr: Liars' Club
Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential
Maria Flood: My Sister Life

My own, STRANGE AS ANGELS, is as follows:

In 1985, at any given moment, there was some teenager in America sitting in front of their phonograph self-medicating with Pink Floyd's The Wall. During that decade depression had yet to become a topic of national discussion; Prozac had yet to be widely prescribed-depression had yet to go mainstream. But the issue was being addressed in a genre of punk and new wave, which provided a substitute vocabulary for a generation that yet had to assimilate the language of depression. Bands like The Smiths, Violent Femmes, Tears for Fears, and The Cure spoke to emotional distress in a way that was unique to pop music and hastened the uptake of underground music by the mainstream.
STRANGE AS ANGELS is a memoir of teenage melancholy as well as a fan's notes on a handful of bands in the eighties that were important in a way that record sales did not reflect. The narrative follows a year in the author's life when the vagaries of first love and melancholy blurred into one-when songs had an urgency that seemed both profound and redemptive. STRANGE AS ANGELS is a semi-critical look at the `mope rock' genre, a story of romantic obsession, as well as a defense of self-pity.Strange As Angels: A Tale of Mood and Music

Posted on May 19, 2011, 8:56:16 AM PDT
S.Kreuger says:
I read D. Monroe's book How I Built My House With No Doors (the kindle version) and I recommend it. He has a unique style of writing and the book was hard to put down. It was also a pretty easy read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2011, 10:06:12 AM PDT
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Don Mago says:
The best recent memoir has to be Graciela, NoOne's Child by Grace Banta. Check out the Reviews. I am sure you will not be able to put it down. Written clearly and precisely in the author's concise voice, as you read you will feel she is, herself, telling you this fascinating and uplifting, almost spiritual, story. Kindle version available.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2011, 10:29:01 AM PDT
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Don Mago says:
Kate St. Vogl.......I invite you to consider the inspiring memoir, Graciela, No One's Child by Grace Banta for your classes. Here's why:
It is a profoundly inspiring story about the author being abducted as an infant from Brooklyn to Mexico. At age five she began to develop two dreams--to get to her country of birth and to find her family. Along the way she spent several months in the company of Nobel laureate, Gabriela Mistral.
In the text you will find that the author was seventeen before she attended school and then her first classes were in English, a language she didn't speak! Aspiring writers need this type nspiration, in fact, we all do.
The twists and turns in this page-turner will keep you on a rewarding, emotional roller coaster--a ride you'll not soon forget.
Graciela, No One's Child is well-reviewed on and is available in Kindle.


Posted on Jun 13, 2011, 10:46:18 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 14, 2011, 7:17:35 AM PDT
Best memoirs:

Jeanette Walls' Glass Castle.
Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes and Teacher Man...'Tis wasn't bad, but not my fave of the three.
Blackbird by Jennifer Lauck. I have yet to read her book, Found
On Writing by Stephen King...You don't have to be a fan of his genre to appreciate this one...Only a fan of memoir!
Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

When I wrote my memoir, Reunions, about growing up as an adopted kid, I was inspired by the writings of these authors. I love their realness, the references to pop culture of the era(s) and how they bring their characters to life. I had a big screen movie playing in my head while reading these works!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2011, 6:27:08 PM PDT
Johanna says:
I think you should add `Graffiti On My Soul`to this list--some call it `life- changing`

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2011, 6:28:05 PM PDT
Johanna says:
Try Graffiti On My Soul. It is lyrical, funny, searing and life changing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2011, 6:30:40 PM PDT
Johanna says:
I`d like to suggest you try `Graffiti On My Soul`. It is gripping, mystical, funny and has been called `life changing`. It also has a lot of `fuel`` for discussion!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2011, 6:32:35 PM PDT
Johanna says:
Another page turner, much closer to home, but a stroll in an unusual and gripping life is Graffiti On My Soul.

Posted on Jul 2, 2011, 2:45:37 AM PDT
I got an email from my publisher, my memoir is now a Top 10 Bestseller. I would truly appreciate it if you would give my book a try.
Cancer It's a Good Thing I Got It! The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man
Adventures growing up and a multi year battle with Osteo Sarcoma. A bone cancer growing on my spine.
A never ending love for life and thankful for each new day that I am blessed to receive.
From the back cover...

David Koop had it all-a storied business career, beautiful son, and prospects as far as the eye could see. Then a surprise cancer diagnosis turned his life upside down. It was osteo sarcoma-a form of bone cancer-and it was growing on his spine. Doctors told him to get his affairs in order. More than three years later, Koop continues to beat the odds. Cancer: It's a Good Thing I Got It! is his eye-opening account of a remarkable journey through hospitals, treatments, friendships and emotions as he struggles to maintain a positive attitude and will to live. In this frank and uncensored look at one man's battle with cancer, Koop reflects on his life before and after the diagnosis. The surprising conclusion will leave you awed at the strength of the human spirit: far from a death sentence, the medical woes unleash a powerful self-assessment that leads Koop to a whole new sense of purpose-and the love he has sought all his life. Full of humor and occasional grief, this memoir of a life still in progress will move you to make changes for the better. You'll come away inspired to live your life to the fullest and embrace the gift of personal relationships. And you'll find hope for meeting the unexpected challenges that can strike when you least expect.
Cancer - It's a Good Thing I Got It!: The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man

Posted on Jul 13, 2011, 9:33:29 PM PDT
"The Sunset Strip Diaries" was entertaining, honest, and awesome, as was the sequel, part two of the memoirs, Confetti Covered Quicksand, both by Amy Asbury

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2011, 8:42:52 AM PDT
Last- says:
This is the story of my family's flight from the Russian Revolution to homes in Manchuria from 1920 to 1925 and then Japan afterwards until 1989 and during WWII. Many then went on to America and some to Turkey. They were Tatar or Turkish Moslem business traders in a sea of Russian Slavs. This is my family saga across the anti-podal easterly flow of twentieth century history. Try Amazon 'Diaspora to the Sun'.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011, 10:10:43 AM PDT
esldonna says:
My memoir is now on Amazon. Big Backpack--Little World is the story of an older woman selling all her possessions and moving abroad to teach ESL (English as a second language). I

From the back cover of my book: In 2000 Donna Morang sold all her earthly possessions and left the United States to teach ESL (English as a second language). Join her as she travels to three continents, and twelve countries. Step into her classroom and teach English in Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Vietnam, or vacation with her in Spain, Thailand, and Cambodia. Fall in love with her students learning English, the special street kids, some crazy bartenders, and fellow backpackers. Meet new friends and hear their stories, or laugh with a romantic man or two from around the world. Venture into the countryside to dance with local people, drink moonshine, explore caves, fish for marlin, catch buckets of squid, or squirm as she eats strange bugs and worms. Hold her hand as she explores new city streets and countries-- often lost, once robbed, or tremble when guns are pointed at her, as she crosses one more border. Donna Morang, teacher and traveler has done this and more with a smile and a gusto for life. She definitely knows how to experience life as a true adventurer. This book is NOT about a woman going in search of herself, or looking for a better life. She already knows that life is beautiful, and she lives it to the fullest

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2011, 2:16:10 PM PDT
I think the best one I ever read was "The Diary of Anne Frank." it was extremely moving and satisfied, i think, the voyeuristic tendencies of people wanting to know what's going on in the intimate thoughts of others. I recently published a memoir, Love of My Life: Memoirs of a Love Lost. It also includes very intimate details from my journal writings and email messages from me and a love interest. I would never compare my book to such an epic writing as Anne Frank, but others have, based on the emotion that my book draws from its reader. Check it out.

Angie Russell
Author: Love of My Life: Memoirs of a Love Lost

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2011, 6:47:16 PM PDT
Julie says:
Yes there are so many memoirs...but this would have to be a favorite. The Wayward Child by Rita Lowther
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