My Favourite Memoirs
I love to read and my favourites have always been memoirs. Pretty sure my mom got me hooked as that’s all she reads. If I start reading a memoir 9 times out of 10 I have it finished within a day. I love memoirs because they take you into a different world where you begin to feel the emotions of the author as they take you through their journey of struggles and triumphs. Here are 8 amazing memoirs that I want to share with you! This is part 1 of my favourite books series I will be doing over the next few months!
The Glass Castle
This is my all time favourite book ever and I recommend it to everyone! I read it twice and can’t wait for the movie to be released.
“The Glass Castle is a 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls. The book recounts the unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing Walls and her siblings had at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents.”
Most people have probably seen this movie but the book is so much better and really pulls at your heart strings.
“Angela’s Ashes is a 1996 memoir by the Irish-American author Frank McCourt. The memoir consists of various anecdotes and stories of Frank McCourt’s childhood. The memoir details his very early childhood in New York, but focuses primarily on his life in Limerick, Ireland. It also includes McCourt’s struggles with poverty and his father’s alcoholism.”
A Stolen Life
Follow Jaycee Dugard as she takes you through a journey of her life in captivity for 18 years. I promise you won’t be able to put this one down! Jaycee has another book out now called “Freedom” about her life after being rescued.
“A Stolen Life is an instant #1 New York Times bestseller—Jaycee Dugard’s raw and powerful memoir, her own story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years.”
A Child Called “It”
This is the first book in a series by Dave Pelzer. I don’t even know how to put into words to describe how I feel about this book. Heart breaking, gut wrenching yet you can’t stop reading to find out what happens to the young boy.
“A Child Called “It” tells the heartbreaking true story of the abuse Dave Pelzer suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother. In this memoir, Dave recounts his struggles to cope with the abuse, which he survived by relying on faith, determination, and the kindness of strangers.”
Michelle was kidnapped for over a decade with no one reporting her missing. She was 1 of 3 survivors of the “Cleveland Kidnapping”.
“In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.”
This is written by the other two “Cleveland Kidnapping” survivors, Amanda and Gina. The girls tell their story of what they endured during captivity and what gave them the strength to stay alive.
“Hope is the story of two women kidnapped by infamous Cleveland school-bus driver Ariel Castro. They share the stories of their abductions, captivity, and dramatic escape.”
A Piece of Cake
This memoir will have you up all night because you can’t just stop at the end of a chapter without needing to find out what happens next. Cupcake takes you through her life after becoming an orphan and what she has to do to survive.
“A Piece of Cake is the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating tale of a woman named Cupcake. It begins as the story of a girl orphaned twice over, once by the death of her mother and then again by a child welfare system that separated her from her stepfather and put her into the hands of an epically sadistic foster parent. But there comes a point in her preteen years—maybe it’s the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once—when Cupcake’s story shifts from a tear-jerking tragedy to a dark comic blues opera. As Cupcake’s troubles grow, so do her voice and spirit. Her gut-punch sense of humor and eye for the absurd, along with her outsized will, carry her through a fateful series of events that could easily have left her dead.”
Down The Rabbit Hole
If you watched the girls next door you will love this book by Holly Madison. She was Hef’s former #1 girlfriend in the Playboy Mansion. She tells her story of what life was really like in the mansion when the camera’s stopped rolling.
“Down The Rabbit Hole is a fairy-tale dream that became a nightmare, and a woman whose strength helped her find a way out to the other side. Down the Rabbit Hole is her introspective account of her time inside the Mansion: the drugs, abuse, infamous parties, and Holly’s real behind-the-scenes life with Bridget, Kendra, and Mr. Playboy himself. It is also her chronicle of healing and hope. By telling her story, both a cautionary tale and a celebration of personal empowerment, Holly reminds us of the importance of fighting for our dreams—and of finding the life we deserve.”