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My Favorite Memoirs

Robin
The list author says: "I love memoirs of all kinds of people, famous, obscure--you name it. What could be more fascinating than someone's life?"
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
"This heartwrenching tale of two brilliant and wildly irresponsible people, and the remarkable children they raise will stay with you for a long time."
Portable Prairie: Confessions of an Unsettled Midwesterner
Portable Prairie: Confessions of an Unsettled Midwesterner
"MJ Andersen grew up in that vanishing place--the tiny prairie town.  Her memories of the 50s and 60s, watching tv, playing with the neighborhood kids--and making the tough transition to the more urban part of America, will be familiar to anyone who grew up in a small town to live in a city--but carries that small town in her heart."
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
"Bill Bryson grew up in the 1950s and he describes that long past time with his signiture humor.  Bryson's description of how he and his friend bleach Lincoln Logs, is worth the price of the book."
Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
"Jen  Lancaster's struggle with unemployment and her personal growth make a wonderful read.  If you have lost your job either recently or in the distant past, read this book.  The author's description of the unemployment office, the job search are very funny--but carry a serious message."
The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education
The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education
"Mullaney's thoughtful account of his time in Afghanistan and the deep sense of responsibility he had and has for the men he led, are unforgettable."
My Dog Tulip (New York Review Books Classics)
My Dog Tulip (New York Review Books Classics)
"Quite simply one of the best books about loving a pet that I have ever read. By the time the book was over, I loved Tulip too."
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
"Craig Ferguson's book could have been just one more 12 step memoir.  But his humility, wit and love of his adopted country make the book memorable.  As an American born in the U.S. it was wonderful to read about someone who became an "Americn on purpose," as most of our ancestors did."
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
"In this book a Brown University student goes to Liberty University, an evangelical Christian university, to find out what evangelicals are really all about.  The very best thing about an Unlikely Disciple is the author's openness to ideas that are new and strange to him."
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
"I know.  You have probably read it.  But isn't it wonderful?"
I Love You Honey, But the Season's Over
I Love You Honey, But the Season's Over
"The best book ever written about working in the circus.  Connie Clausen was with Ringling Bros for one year, during WWII.  But what a year!  This is a wonderful book that deserves to be in print."