These are all the memoirs I read this year!
Yeah, I expected it to be more too.
All the cover images redirect to Booklikes except for the last two but I had read most of these titles from the library, so purchase may not be necessary. Links to my reviews are below but I can save you some time and say that they were all great for different reasons, sometimes not my own. I don’t think I could even pick a favorite because they all taught me different things. I will say, though, that of all the memoirs listed here, Rebecca Walker’s spoke to my heart the most directly. Her experiences of being both and neither are so similar that they are scary sometimes while being different experiences that took place in different times. It’s really remarkable, if you think about it. The point is that despite differences in race and generation, the experience itself of being a neither and both that is biracial is it’s own thing and Walker’s book was the first to capture that for me in a written form. But if you desperately need a laugh, go with Jenny Lawson or Phoebe Robinson.
- Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
- Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
- Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family by Najla Said
- The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman
- Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
- Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
- This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
- Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
- I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright
- Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
- Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China by Val Wang
- The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
- The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
- You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
- The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans by Elizabeth Heaney
- My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by : A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege, translated by Nikola Sellmair and Carolin Sommer
- Unbowed by Wangari Maathai