Memoir for Women In Translation Month

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, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala - Rigoberta Menchú,Elisabeth Burgos-Debray,Ann Wright

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

  My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile - Isabel Allende

My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

In Other Words - Jhumpa Lahiri,Ann Goldstein

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, translated by Ann Goldstein

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past - Jennifer Teege,Nikola Sellmair,Carolin Sommer

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

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:

And if you’re looking for suggestions other than memoir, click here for more WIT Month posts including favorites lists and prior reads.

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