General Recommendations
Recommended Reading for Memoirists
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The books on this list are recommended by Theo Pauline Nestor, author of "Writing Is My Drink." She says: says: "I've found inspiration for writing personal narrative from all the books on this list. On this list you'll find craft books, memoirs, a few selections of poetry and autobiographical fiction, a few graphic novels, and at least two books that defy categorization." Theo is teaching two classes on writing memoir at Seattle Public Library in 2015 as part of our ongoing Seattle Writes series.
Title Overview Format & Publisher Call Number
Writing Is My Drink Writing Is My Drink
A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice (and A Guide to How You Can Too)
Book - 2013
Simon & Schuster
808.02019 N377N 2013
The Art of the Personal Essay The Art of the Personal Essay
An Anthology From the Classical Era to the Present
Book - 1995
Anchor Books, Doubleday
808.84 Ar756 1995
This Bridge Called My Back This Bridge Called My Back
Writings by Radical Women of Color
Book - 2015
SUNY Press
810.80928 T3493 2015
Notes of A Native Son Notes of A Native Son Book - 1984
Beacon Press
305.89607 B193N
One Hundred Demons One Hundred Demons Graphic Novel - 2002
Sasquatch Books
741.5973 B2797o 2002
Fun Home Fun Home
A Family Tragicomic
Graphic Novel - 2006
Houghton Mifflin
741.5973 B3872F 2006
The Sparkling-eyed Boy The Sparkling-eyed Boy
A Memoir of Love, Grown up
eBook - 2004
Houghton Mifflin
The Right to Write The Right to Write
An Invitation and Initiation Into the Writing Life
eBook - 1998
Jeremy P. TarcherPutnam
The House on Mango Street The House on Mango Street Book - 1991
Vintage Books
Between the World and Me Between the World and Me Book - 2015
Spiegel & Grau
305.80097 C6326B 2015
Riding in Cars With Boys Riding in Cars With Boys
Confessions of A Bad Girl Who Makes Good
Book - 1992
B D7192D 1992
Broken Vessels Broken Vessels Book - 1991
D.R. Godine
B D8545
Heartburn Heartburn Book - 1996
Vintage Books
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Book - 2001
Vintage Books
973.92092 Eg33H 2001
Marbles Marbles
Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me : A Graphic Memoir
Book - 2012
Gotham Books
741.5973 F769F 2012
Confessions of A Latter-day Virgin Confessions of A Latter-day Virgin
A Memoir
Book - 2013
204.092 H2225H 2013
The Kiss The Kiss Book - 2011
Random House
B H2469H 2011
What Narcissism Means to Me What Narcissism Means to Me Book - 2003
Graywolf Press
811.54 H6508W 2003
Fear of Flying Fear of Flying Book - 2003
New Signet
The Art of Memoir The Art of Memoir Book - 2015
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
809.93592 K1486A 2015
Drinking Drinking
A Love Story
Book - 2005
Bantam Dell
362.29209 K7273K 2005
The Woman Warrior The Woman Warrior
Memoirs of A Girlhood Among Ghosts
Book - 1989
Vintage Books
B K619Av
Mother on Fire Mother on Fire
A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting
Book - 2008
Crown Publishers
818.6 L83L 2008
The Bell Jar The Bell Jar Book - 2005
Citizen Citizen
An American Lyric
Book - 2014
Graywolf Press
811.54 R167C 2014
Hunger of Memory Hunger of Memory
The Education of Richard Rodriguez : An Autobiography
Book - 2005
Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
B R6188R 2005
The Faraway Nearby The Faraway Nearby Book - 2013
814.54 So46F 2013
Maus Maus
A Survivor's Tale
Book - 2011
Pantheon Books
YA 940.5318 Sp43M 2011
Tiny Beautiful Things Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar
Book - 2012
Vintage Books
070.444 St829T 2012
The Creative Habit The Creative Habit
Learn It and Use It for Life : A Practical Guide
Book - 2006
Simon & Schuster
153.35 T3296C 2006
Refuge Refuge
An Unnatural History of Family and Place
eBook - 2001
Vintage Books
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