I know we aren’t quite to it yet, but next month is WIT Month! It’s become one of my favorite observances of the year. There’s a whole history of the lack of women’s stories being translated into English whether they write fiction or nonfiction. At that, not a lot of books are translated at all, which is why Rochester keeps a database here of books being translated into English. Unfortunately, pickings are slim when it comes to nonfiction and even more sparse when it comes to women’s memoir. For that reason, I read whatever I can get my hands but I haven’t been disappointed yet. So here are some of the memoirs I’ve read in the last two WIT Months I’ve done:
I know, too few, right? Well, last year I had some suggestions for others and I’m taking advantage of those. I hope to have plenty of options in the future. As it is, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate speaking in her first language and two experimenting authors are pretty good to begin with. I have hopes for those to come. Here’s what I have coming up:
- The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia
- The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria
- Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist: The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi
- The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon translated by Dennis Washburn
And if you’re looking for suggestions other than memoir, click here for more WIT Month posts including favorites lists and prior reads.