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Memoirs of 2017

These are all the memoirs I read this year!

Yeah, I expected it to be more too.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny LawsonSwimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer - Lynne Cox,Martha KaplanLooking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family - Najla SaidThe Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure - Rachel FriedmanReading Lolita in Tehran - Azar NafisiOrdinary Light: A memoir - Tracy K. SmithThis Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President - Ellen Johnson SirleafBlack White & Jewish - Rebecca WalkerI, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala - Rigoberta Menchú,Elisabeth Burgos-Debray,Ann WrightSex Object - Jessica ValentiBeijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China - Val WangThe Glass Castle - Jeannette WallsThe Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong KingstonYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain - Phoebe Robinson,Jessica WilliamsProduct DetailsMy Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past by [Teege, Jennifer, Sellmair,  Nikola]Unbowed - Wangari MaathaiLet's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny Lawson

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.

  1. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
  2. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
  3. Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family by Najla Said
  4. The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  6. Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
  7. This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  8. Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
  9. I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright
  10. Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
  11. Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China by Val Wang
  12. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  13. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
  14. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
  15. The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans by Elizabeth Heaney
  16. 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
  17. Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
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