Classics Round-Up: Our Five Favorite Memoirs

Favorite Memoirs

We’re of the belief that books make a difference. Reading a story, whether it’s an escape or providing support, it’s important. Sometimes there is nothing better than reading someone else’s story to open your eyes to new ways of thinking about the world.

Here are some of our favorite memoirs that kept us up turning the pages. The best part is they are true.

Just Kids by Patti Smith cover     9780349113913     9781400043149     9780062231376     9780345514400

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Admittedly, this National Book Award winner might be too extreme for some, but we love it. It’s detailed look at the life of Patti Smith during 1970’s New York and her involvement in the art and punk scene is riveting and beautifully written.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Sedaris somehow gracefully walks the line of humor and depth in this hilarious yet poignant memoir. Detailing his life growing up as a unique kid in a big family in North Carolina he makes his experiences relatable to all.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Ethereal and dreamy, Didion is one of my favorites. Taking place in the blur of a year after her husband’s death, she is forced to see the world through a new lens.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Poetic isn’t the first word that probably comes to mind when thinking of a memoir of life working the line in a commercial kitchen. But Bourdain’s world is fully drawn, invites you in and you won’t put this one down until you’re done.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 

It’s no surprise that this book makes the list. With Angelou’s recent passing her books have been in the spotlight. If you haven’t read her work this is where you should start. It’s her story.


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