36 New Memoirs to Read Now

Posted by Cybil on August 20, 2020


Anne Lamott, the beloved writer of memoirs including Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies, once said, “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

And readers just can’t get enough of these compelling personal stories, whether people were well-behaved or not! So we mined through our data to find the memoirs published so far this year that have earned readers’ raves. These are the books that are not only most popular with readers, but have received their glowing raves as well.

From the tragic to the comic, you’ll find the perfect read among these memoirs below. 
 
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Have a great memoir recommendation? Be sure to share it with your fellow readers in the comments below!

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message 1: by Ann (new)

Ann i have 18 on my tbr list. Most i had before seeing this


message 2: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Thanks for this.


message 3: by Erin (new)

Erin What We Carry was one of my 5-star reads of the summer. Highly recommend to other readers.


message 4: by Kyndle (new)

Kyndle McMahan I can confirm that My Vanishing Country is a solid, timely read! Highly recommend the audio version, as it is read by Bakari Sellers (the author).


message 5: by Shirley (new)

Shirley I highly recommend The Pale-Faced Lie. A riveting story. Heartbreaking, inspiring, with an amazing ending.


message 6: by Thanh (new)

Thanh Trúc Thật hay và ý nghĩa


message 7: by D.J. (new)

D.J. Mitchell I have not stopped smiling since reading Becoming Duchess Goldblatt.


message 8: by Patti M (new)

Patti M Hall Shameless plug for my own, which was dampened and sidelined during COVID lockdown, Loving Large: a mother's rare disease memoir.


message 9: by Ann King (new)

Ann King More books


message 10: by Joel (new)

Joel Miller I recommend Memoir of a Roadie.


message 11: by Bronwen (new)

Bronwen My Dark Passenger by FRT Loop


message 12: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Seramur ‘Late Migrations: A Natural History Of Love And Loss’
By Margaret Renkl


message 13: by Wanda (new)

Wanda I add my own memoir, "COMING FULL CIRCLE: From Jim Crow to Journalism" to this list. I am sharing my stories about history, journalism and leadership, and leading conversations in a virtual book tour after in-person tours were cancelled by COVID.


message 14: by KATE (last edited Sep 16, 2020 03:59AM) (new)

KATE MACFARLANE Strongly recommend Blue Remembered Sky by Charlie Comins, set in colonial Rhodesia where her family lived in the grounds of a large mental institution. Comins' story puts psychiatry under the spotlight and describes a hidden aspect of British colonial history.

The book is now listed on Goodreads. Charlie Comins is my writer's name!


message 15: by Ann (new)

Ann KATE wrote: "Strongly recommend Blue Remembered Sky by Charlie Comins, set in colonial Rhodesia where her family lived in the grounds of a large mental institution. Comins' story puts psychiatry under the spotl..."

i dont see that book on this site?


message 16: by Michael (new)

Michael Combs My wife Alice Combs was a pioneer in founding a still thriving business in the then all-male recycling industry, providing industrial baler wire to garbage companies and supermarkets in the San Francisco Bay Area, and later nation-wide. Her memoir, The Lady With Balls, is not just a business book, but is entertaining, humorous, poignant, and an example of persevering to overcome obstacles both in business and in life. For more go to www.ladywithballs.com


message 17: by Annie (new)

Annie Pateman Yes can I also mention my memoir based in Australia - The Strength Within. My story as a 3 times cancer survivor but not dwelling on the disease - sharing my strategy of surviving 40 years with determination, resilience and hope overcoming adversity and reaching for the light at the end of the tunnel. www.anniepatemanauthor.com.au Many thanks....Annie Pateman


message 18: by KATE (new)

KATE MACFARLANE I've just added my memoir Blue Remembered Sky - published this year. It is an updated version of the book that I had published in Zimbabwe in 2018. I was thrilled when Lucy Johnstone, the lead author of a radical new framework which challenges current psychiatric methods and practices, wrote a Foreword for my memoir. I hope you will read it!


message 19: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle ❤️❤️this list❤️❤️


message 20: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Any of the Anne Lamott books on faith and her "Bird by Bird" are wonderful. You don't have to be religious or Christian to enjoy the faith books. Also, "Slow Motion" by Dani Shapiro. The very sad "Let's Take The Long Way Home" by Gail Caldwell (about her friendship with fellow author Caroline Knapp). And not to be missed "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion (the year is the one after her husband died).


message 21: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle Stephanie wrote: "Any of the Anne Lamott books on faith and her "Bird by Bird" are wonderful. You don't have to be religious or Christian to enjoy the faith books. Also, "Slow Motion" by Dani Shapiro. The very sad "..."

Thank you for telling me about her, I’ll be checking her books soom


message 22: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Lavin Next up for me is Follow me to Alaska. And I need to plug my own memoir, The Butterfly Promise. You will enjoy it!!


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