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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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Most Read This Week Tagged "Memoir"

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Bossypants
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
American Sniper
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Orange Is the New Black
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Maude
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland
H is for Hawk
Bad Feminist
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Brown Girl Dreaming
Redeployment
A Work In Progress
Ghost Boy
Girl in a Band
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
We Should All Be Feminists
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
I Regret Nothing: A Memoir
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
El Deafo
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Food: A Love Story
Dad Is Fat
Just Kids
#GIRLBOSS
How to Be a Woman
Seriously... I'm Kidding
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War
Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story
Men Explain Things to Me
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side
Sisters
A House in the Sky
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
Born with Teeth: A Memoir
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
It Was Me All Along
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Citizen: An American Lyric
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
What I Know For Sure
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
On the Move: A Life
A Stolen Life
The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
Coming Clean
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
On Immunity: An Inoculation
The Secret History of Wonder Woman

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