Memoirs by Women

Memoirs and autobiographies written by female writers
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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 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 (Lioness at Large) 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"


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message 12: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Dec 29, 2011 06:56AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 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 14: 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 15: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis 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 16: 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 17: 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?


message 18: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady A tip? Start on the last page and work your way back...


message 19: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Yes, that works.


message 20: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Russo The Tender Bar by J R Moeringer is and excellent mrmoir but not written by a woman.


message 21: by John (new)

John Carson Joyce Ann AshfordDamaged Goods A Woman's Memoir is an incredibly powerful well written book. Timely and important.


message 22: by Melinda (new)

Melinda Removed Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, because it is definitely a novel, not a memoir.


message 23: by Devorah (new)


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

The Book of Margery Kempe is listed twice on this list: the Penguin Classics edition and the Norton Critical edition.


message 25: by Melinda (new)

Melinda Duplicates removed.


message 26: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl FYI: The Bell Jar is not a memoir.


message 27: by Melinda (new)

Melinda Removed The House on Mango Street; it's fiction, not a memoir.


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