Note: This post has been edited to include links to reviews that were later written about them, one book was harder to get than anticipated so it has not been read.
I have a soft spot for memoirs. Not just memoirs, but memoirs of regular people. I love to learn about the many lives that are out there and reality tv just doesn’t do it. Memoirs are personal accounts of the things that people have been through. I’ve read a few already, but even those are mostly from people who are famous (or were by the time the memoir got into my hands). There is a lot more to the human experience than we see on a daily basis, so the next five memoirs that I’ve chosen to read (though they will be scattered among other reading in the coming months) are about people and experiences vastly different from my own. Here they are:
- I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion – Gretchen Berg I have had this book on my TBR list for a long time. The title just called me in the middle of the book store. I have a bit of a weakness for stories about acclimating to new areas and cultures and this seems like a fun one. (my review)
- In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom – Yeonmi Park I also saw this a little while back. It popped up in my Recommendations feed on one site or another and seemed interesting. (my review)
- The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson This is another one that popped up on some feed. The reviews that I read on it were mixed but the premise is enough to put it on my list anyway. It was living and loving someone who is gender fluid that got me. (my review)
- Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family – Najla Said I stumbled upon this one while looking for a book about Arab-Americans. I was checking the Heritage/Diversity months and discovered that April is Arab-American month which led me to realize that I had yet to read about any real Arab-Americans. I say real because I LOVE Kamala Khan, but she is fictional.
- An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness – Kay Redfield Jamison I don’t know about you, but mental illness scares me. It is often poorly self-diagnosed and I rarely know people who seek treatment. Even in that rare instance, sticking to a regiment can be arduous, proving illness can be tough, and it takes a toll on everyone, not just the ill person. This memoir explores manic depression from inside and outside the institution that treats it. (my review)
Do you read memoirs? What are you reading next?