Today I’m sharing five memoir recommendations. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but when I do, I prefer to read memoirs. Memoirs offer a fascinating glimpse into a different existence and set of problems. I really enjoy reading about someone else’s life, whether their life events are extraordinary or mundane. And the books featured here today certainly run the gamut of ordinary and not so ordinary. I’ve loved all the books mentioned below and I think you will, too!
Let’s get to those books!
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
This is an emotional read about one woman’s terminal cancer diagnosis and how it impacted her life. I unashamedly cried while reading Riggs’s story as her journey is similar to those of the countless people dealing with cancer. The Bright Hour is beautifully written and offers stunning commentary on life, death, and living.
Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham
Keeping with the theme of medical related memoirs, Happiness is the story of one family’s tumultuous experiences of living with a sick child. Harpham writes eloquently about fate, choice, and family. Happiness was the April pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club and I previously reviewed this book. You can read my review here.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Hunger is a difficult book to describe and also a difficult book to read. Gay holds nothing back as she recounts stories from her childhood that influenced her interactions and feelings toward food and her own body, including a horrific gang rape. This is a short book and a very necessary read, as Gay’s writing will lead you to confront your own experiences surrounding your body.
Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee
This is a uniquely written story about a woman who suffered a serious stroke in her 30s. By reflecting on her traumatic medical experiences, Hyung-Oak Lee comments on the fleeting nature of memory, moving on, and recovery. I previously reviewed this book and you can read my review post here.
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Now this one is just plain fun! Wishful Drinking is the story of Fisher’s life. This book will make you laugh out loud and groan alongside Fisher as she recounts the bizarre, unfortunate, and purely outlandish events that happened in her life. It’s a super quick read that I highly recommend!
That’s it for today! Do you enjoy reading memoirs? What memoirs would you recommend?