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What's Buzzworthy: Must-Read Memoirs

What's Buzzworthy: Must-Read Memoirs

Last week's Buzzworthy bookmarking challenge focused on must-read memoirs, and for some reason, these were some of my favorite Buzzworthy picks ever. As I mentioned before, memoirs are pretty hit or miss; the good ones read like novels, but the bad ones can be painfully bad. You guys managed to find an intriguing mix of books I love and books I've never heard of but now really want to read! I hope everyone else gets some good book ideas from the list, too. Here are the Buzzworthy picks I found most noteworthy.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, bookmarked by Missyosigirl, who gives it this endorsement: "I don't know how David Sedaris does it, but he can turn stories that you would think will traumatize a kid or depress the hell out of someone into stories that warm your heart."

Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War by Deborah Copaken Kogan, bookmarked by SaraSmile. I have often considered checking out this memoir by an adventure-seeking photojournalist; now, I definitely will.

Three more, so

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, bookmarked by Linda McP with this description: "'Life changes fast. Life changes in an instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.' With those lines, Joan Didion opens her book in which she recounts her efforts to make sense of life in the year after her husband's unexpected death. Book reviewer John Leonard says: 'I can't think of a book we need more than hers...I can't imagine dying without this book.' I couldn't agree more."

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, bookmarked by Mainly Obsessed, who says, "this is a good read. If anything you should read it just because the great Maya Angelou wrote it."

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
by Simon Wiesenthal, bookmarked by Xxbrittney. I wasn't familiar with this memoir, written by a Nazi concentration camp survivor, but it sounds like an interesting rumination on forgiveness.

Join The Conversation
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Buzz glad to see you are covering books!
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 10 years
Thank you for this. It comes in good timing as I have just recently gotten onto reading memoirs.
missyosigirl missyosigirl 10 years
shutterbabe looks interesting too :)
krampalicious krampalicious 10 years
I'm in the middle of The Year of Magical Thinking right now, and it is utterly heart-wrenching and, of course, beautifully written. I'm a big Joan Didion fangirl, however, so I may be biased.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
The Sunflower sounds excellent - thanks for the recommendation!
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