Memoirs I Don't Regret Reading

Looking for something to read? Here's a list of memoirs that I've read in the past that I'm glad I read.


The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer


From the publisher: "The Tender Bar is a raucous, poignant, luminously written memoir about a boy striving to become a man, and his romance with a bar."
The New York Times - Janet Maslin "? the real richness of The Tender Bar lies in its including so many of these individual events while still keeping a larger literary context in mind. After all, the bar was called Dickens. The patrons loved talking about writers. And Manhasset was "Great Gatsby" territory. One of the book's funnier moments comes when two of Mr. Moehringer's many mentors realize, in horror, that the Kid has never read it."


Change Me Into Zeus' Daughter: A Memoir by Barbara Robinette Moss


From the publisher: "A haunting and triumphant story of a difficult and keenly felt life, Change Me into Zeus's Daughter is a remarkable literary memoir of resilience, redemption, and growing up in the South."
From Barnes & Noble: "Victimized by malnutrition and poor medical care in a dysfunctional home of McCourtian proportions, young Barbara saw her face grow misshapen and malformed, but her mother, while not always able to properly feed her children, was intent upon encouraging their dreams and feeding their imagination. Moss found her refuge, her escape, in art and literature, in what she terms, in an essay she wrote exclusively for Barnes & Noble.com, 'a lifelong quest for beauty'."


Naked In The Promised Land: A Memoir by Lillian Faderman


Customer Review on amazon.com: "Ms. Faderman's story could have been a riveting novel, except that the series of events would have stretched our incredulity for its bigger-than-life experiences that could only be believed in the real world, not in fiction."
From the publisher: "The daughter of an unmarried immigrant Jewish garment worker whose family had perished in the Holocaust, Lillian Faderman dreamed of being an actress. Instead she worked her way through college by posing for nude photographs, and by stripping. She slowly discovered that her deepest erotic and emotional connections were to women."


The Liars' Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr


From the publisher: "When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr's comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger's-a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all."


Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert


From Barnes & Noble: "Oddly but aptly titled, Eat, Pray, Love is an experience to be savored: This spiritual memoir brims with humor, grace, and scorching honesty. After a messy divorce and other personal missteps, Elizabeth Gilbert confronts the "twin goons" of depression and loneliness by traveling to three countries that she intuited had something she was seeking."


A Place To Stand: The Making of A Poet by Jimmy Santiago Baca


From the publisher: "A Place to Stand is his memoir of childhood on small farms in New Mexico, his adolescence spent in orphanages and detention centers, his years as a drug dealer in San Diego and Arizona, and his extraordinary personal transformation under harrowing conditions behind bars."


It's Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive by Evan Handler



From the publisher: "Actor and author Evan Handler's new book, It's Only Temporary, is both a deeply personal memoir and a series of meditations on life, love, faith, gratitude, and mortality. In closely examining his own triumphs, mistakes, and less-than-ideal relationships since his miraculous recovery from a supposedly incurable leukemia more than twenty years ago, Handler zeroes in on the most profound question facing every human being: How can a person live well with the knowledge that time is limited?"


Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, & Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living by Julie Powell



From Barnes & Noble: "Some people go on pilgrimages; Julie Powell attempted to master one cookbook. Thirty years old, bored with her job, hating her Queens apartment, Powell decided to transcend her life by concocting all 524 recipes in Julia Child's 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a single year. Replicating Child's kitchen artistry at such short notice tested Julie's skill and stamina, not to mention her husband's patience; but it did produce a high-spirited, sometimes hilarious memoir."

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