Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Memoirs I've Read

Last week I read this tweet by Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner "Please don't submit your memoir until you've read 20 good memoirs and 5 books on writing memoir - and learned from them."


Since I'm writing a memoir and want to submit it soon, I started a list of all the memoirs I've read. I didn't think I read 20, but I was surprised. I'm at 30+ and still counting. 
These are in random order and some of these might only loosely fit into the memoir category. 
  1. Picking Dandelions by Sarah Cunningham
  2. Girl Meets God: A Memoir by Lauren F. Winner
  3. O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling by Jason Boyett
  4. Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans
  5. In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life by Sarah Reinertsen
  6. Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir by Susan E. Isaacs
  7. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  8. Thin Places: A Memoir by Mary E. DeMuth 
  9. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
  10. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  11. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
  12. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace- One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson 
  13. Left to Tell: One Woman's Story of Surviving the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
  14. Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  15. Same Kind of Different as Me by Hall and Moore
  16. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  17. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris
  18. A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson
  19. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  20. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells
  21. A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
  22. Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet
  23. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama 
  24. Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks
  25. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  26. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz
  27. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell 
  28. Gifted Hands by M.D., Ben Carson
  29. Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Van Ryn & Cerak
  30. No Such Thing as a Bad Day: A Memoir by Hamilton Jordon
  31. Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner
  32. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert 
  33. Here if You Need Me by Kate Braestrup
  34. On Writing by Stephen King
Today Rachelle has an excellent post with Resources for Writing Memoir.

Now she's presented me with a dilemma - do I study about writing memoir today or do I actually write memoir ...

6 comments:

Kathleen Overby said...

I can't wait to read your story. Bits and pieces whet the appetite. Keep writing.

hillsideslide said...

i vote write

have your read Stephen King's "On Writing?" it's a memoir/how 2 write combo.

~Brenda said...

Who says you can't do both? Write AND read! :))

Janet Oberholtzer said...

Thanks Kathleen! I'm hoping to finish, one word at a time :)

Hill - I have read 'On Writing' by Stephen KIng (loved it!) and I've added it to the list.

Brenda - good point.

Janet Oberholtzer said...

Thanks Kathleen! I'm hoping to finish, one word at a time :)

Hill - I have read 'On Writing' by Stephen KIng (loved it!) and I've added it to the list.

Brenda - good point.

johanna said...

You've got some good ones on your list!! Got time for a #35? Try 'Graffiti On My Soul' a rivetting new memoir that will put some spiritual sizzle in your summer! See: http://www.eloquentbooks.com/GraffitiOnMySoul.html