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As a literary genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire from the Latin memoria, meaning "memory", or a reminiscence), forms a subclass of autobiography – although the terms 'memoir' and 'autobiography' are almost interchangeable in modern parlance. Memoir is autobiographical writing, but not all autobiographical writing follows the criteria for memoir.

Memoirs are structured differently from formal autobiographies which tend to encompass the writer's entire life span, focusing on the development of his/her personality. The chronological scope of memoir is determined by the work's context and is
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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
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Orange Is the New Black
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Bad Feminist: Essays
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Brown Girl Dreaming
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Redeployment
Not My Father's Son
The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
Food: A Love Story
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Dad Is Fat
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle
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How to Be a Woman
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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Just Kids
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
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Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Dear Life: Stories
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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
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