Memoirs by Women
Memoirs and autobiographies written by female writers
1 The Diary of a Young Girl
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2 The Glass Castle
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3 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4 Eat, Pray, Love
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5 Persepolis: The Story of a ...
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6 Reading Lolita in Tehran
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7 Girl, Interrupted
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8 The Year of Magical Thinking
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9 Out of Africa
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10 The Liars' Club
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11 The Story of My Life
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12 Prozac Nation
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13 Infidel
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14 Stolen Lives: Twenty Years ...
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15 A Girl Named Zippy
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16 An Unquiet Mind
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17 Julie and Julia: 365 Days, ...
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18 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:...
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19 The Complete Persepolis (Pe...
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20 Bird by Bird: Some Instruct...
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21 Don't Let's Go to the Dogs ...
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22 Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexi...
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23 The House on Mango Street
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24 Free Fall
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25 Bossypants
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26 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
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27 Princess: A True Story of L...
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28 Dewey: The Small-Town Libra...
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29 Traveling Mercies: Some Tho...
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30 Persepolis 2: The Story of ...
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31 Gorillas in the Mist
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32 The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol...
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33 Escape
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34 Truth and Beauty
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35 The Girl Behind the Painted...
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36 Just Kids
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37 Tender at the Bone: Growing...
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38 The Road from Coorain
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39 Chinese Cinderella: The Tru...
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40 Operating Instructions: A J...
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41 Autobiography of a Face
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42 Wild Swans: Three Daughters...
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43 Sickened: The Memoir of a M...
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44 My Life in France
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45 A Writer's Diary
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46 The Woman Warrior
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47 West with the Night
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48 Smashed: Story of a Drunken...
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49 Paula
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50 Blackbird: A Childhood Lost...
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51 Garlic and Sapphires: The S...
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52 Jesus Land
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53 Falling Leaves: The Memoir ...
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54 A Piece of Cake
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55 Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of...
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56 Postcards from the Edge
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57 Born Free: A Lioness of Two...
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58 The Unabridged Journals of ...
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59 A Three Dog Life
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60 A Stolen Life
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61 Farewell to Manzanar: A Tru...
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62 Living History
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63 Lucky
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64 Two or Three Things I Know ...
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65 The Spiral Staircase: My Cl...
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66 Hypocrite in a Pouffy White...
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67 Devil in the Details: Scene...
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68 It's Always Something
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69 Geisha, a Life
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70 Unbearable Lightness: A Sto...
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71 By Myself
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72 When Rabbit Howls
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73 Personal History
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74 The Egg and I
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75 Please Stop Laughing at Me....
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76 First They Killed My Father...
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77 I'm with the Band: Confessi...
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78 Thinking in Pictures: My Li...
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79 Assata: An Autobiography
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80 Narrative of Sojourner Truth
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81 Dust Tracks on a Road
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82 French Illusions: My Story ...
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83 Leap of Faith : Memoirs of ...
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84 Are You Somebody?: The Acci...
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85 Home: A Memoir of My Early ...
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86 Madam Secretary: A Memoir
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87 Warriors Don't Cry: The Sea...
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88 Inside The Kingdom: My Life...
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89 Wild: From Lost to Found on...
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90 Me: Stories of My Life
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91 Loose Girl: A Memoir of Pro...
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92 Comfort Me with Apples: Mor...
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93 And So It Goes: Adventures ...
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94 Life and Death in Shanghai
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95 Bone Black: Memories of Gir...
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96 Pentimento
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96 Candy Girl: A Year in the L...
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98 Reversible Skirt
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99 Refuge: An Unnatural Histor...
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message 2: by Rick (new)

Rick I Can't Forget: A Journey Through Nazi Germany and WWII by Gudrun (Koppe) Everett
Astonishing story, amazing book, couldn't put it down!


message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie #95 AND #140 are duplicates


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

How does Life of Pi qualify as a memoir? I could have sworn it was fiction and that Yann Martel was a man...


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie Aless wrote: "How does Life of Pi qualify as a memoir? I could have sworn it was fiction and that Yann Martel was a man..."

you're right! But -- I think it's better that there isn't a "book nazi"
on Goodreads


message 6: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Ahhh, but there IS. buh bye pi.


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

I wouldn't call myself a "book nazi" and if you've ever read anything about World War 2, I really don't think nazi is an appropriate thing to call anyone except a murderous dictator and his minions, I just happen to think that when a list is called "memoirs by women" that's what it should be, or else why have a special list for them? why not call it "Anything List (with some memoirs by women)"?


message 8: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Sorry- all I can say in my defense is that I didn't personally introduce the term into the discussion. I am certainly old enough to know better.

But on your other point, I couldn't agree with you more; what is the point of these lists if even the most basic ground rules can't be adhered to and (if necessary) enforced? Sometimes things can be subjective, and then it is certainly best to leave well-enough alone. But what constitutes a "memoir" and what constitutes a "woman" are pretty objective. Novels by men are Right Out.


message 9: by Janna (last edited Jul 05, 2010 07:22PM) (new)

Janna The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (currently #101), although a good novel, is a work of fiction written by a man.

Actually, there are also several books on here that are biographies about women, but not AUTObiographies or memoirs as this list states.


message 10: by Michele Anne (new)

Michele Anne I think I need to get to reading memoirs again....there are several on this list that sound very interesting.


message 11: by Molly (new)

Molly Lovelady Tiger, Tiger

You Remind Me of You

Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan

ADD ALL THREE OF THESE


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Molly wrote: "Tiger, Tiger

You Remind Me of You

Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan

ADD ALL THREE OF THESE"


Anybody can add books -- just click on the tab "add books to this list" up top, next to "all votes," perform a search either from among your own bookshelves or the Goodreads database, and then vote for the books you would like to add.


message 13: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Dec 29, 2011 06:56AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Antoine wrote: " ... But on your other point, I couldn't agree with you more; what is the point of these lists if even the most basic ground rules can't be adhered to and (if necessary) enforced? Sometimes things can be subjective, and then it is certainly best to leave well-enough alone. But what constitutes a "memoir" and what constitutes a "woman" are pretty objective. Novels by men are Right Out. "

Janna wrote: "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (currently #101), although a good novel, is a work of fiction written by a man.

Actually, there are also several books on here that are biographies about women, but not AUTObiographies or memoirs as this list states."


Jessica, I think it's time for the list's creator to pitch in ... would you like to see the list pruned back so as to exclude fictional memoirs, biographies that aren't actually AUTObiographies and books written by (or about!) men -- or do you think the list is so far gone at this point that all of these books might just as well remain?


message 15: by Prada (new)

Prada Mani This book taught me a lot about reading and writing: that is, what I want to read and what I don't want to read; what I should write, and I shouldn't. also taught me alot about the life of people who live continuously with the feeling of insecurity.... visit http://www.unn.edu.ng/ for more of such books or http://www.unnfacultyofarts.com/


message 16: by Donna (new)

Donna Just wanted to note that although it is legendary and much-loved, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder is not a memoir. When confronted with some obvious inaccuracies in these tales, she responded that as far as she knew, she had just been writing stories for little children, not nonfiction. She does have a memoir, but it is not listed here, and I have not read it.


message 17: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Donna wrote: "Just wanted to note that although it is legendary and much-loved, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder is not a memoir. When confronted with some obvious inaccuracies in these tales, she..."

I agree. Deleted.


message 18: by Lobstergirl (last edited May 06, 2014 11:17PM) (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted tons, literally tons, of fiction. Tons of mysteries. Sherlock Holmes. Also memoirs by men. Also biographies by men. People! Do you know what a memoir is?


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