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message 1: by Fern (new)

Fern | 14 comments Hi all!

I love reading powerful and inspiring female memoirs and would love any recommendations for further reads!

I recently read Riot Days which was a powerful memoir by Maria Alyokhina of her detainment in Russia and the story of Pussy Riot. It was quite recently published and doesn’t have too many reviews on Goodreads but I would reccomend it definitely!

I also absolutely loved The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story - the story was so moving and I have been recommending it to everyone! Especially as it’s currently only £1.49 on kindle!

Im currently reading the classic Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China which is a memoir of three generations of women in China and I’ve also just started reading Infidel.

I have quite a long TBR list of further memoirs but I’m looking to expand it even further:
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom
Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom
The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

Does anyone have any other recommendations of inspiring female memoirs?? They’re my fave type of book to read and I’d love to hear from everyone regarding what their favourites are!

message 2: by Vivian (last edited Sep 02, 2018 12:35PM) (new)

Vivian Fonger (vivian_fonger) I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Book I am planning to read in the future
Educated: A Memoir - reading this one for Andrew Luck's book club

message 6: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (lesliejean43) | 88 comments His Eye is on the Sparrow by Ethel Waters - old book, but really impressed me when I was young.

message 8: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes

Seriously, I think that basically everyone should read this book.

And also:


message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Olaleye née Kohn | 1 comments The Wind in my Hair by Masih Alinejad

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Aimee | 7 comments Mean Little Deaf Queer by Terry Galloway

message 11: by Jordan (new)

Jordan (literaryteatime) Unbowed by Wangari Maathai. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

message 12: by Shana (new)

Shana | 11 comments The Road From Coorain by Jill Ker Conway

Labgirl, very different and lyrical


and just got How Dare The Sun Rise from the library

message 13: by Noina (new)

Noina (noisynoina) | 27 comments I recommend Life Among the Savages because it is funny, quirky, creative and ironic ! Very far from most of the books you suggested, but worth a read !
If you read French, I suggest you try Annie Ernaux's books. She is a huge reference for French-speaking feminists. (Oh, no need to read French, she's been translated... !)

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Bri (bricanes) | 1 comments Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered by Ruth Kluger

message 15: by Kimberly Dawn (new)

Kimberly Dawn (kimberlydawn726) Breaking Night a memoir by Liz Murray

message 16: by Kimberly Dawn (new)

Kimberly Dawn (kimberlydawn726) The Lost Chapters by Leslie Schwartz

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Kimberly Dawn (kimberlydawn726) Hunger by Roxanne Gay

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Danielle (daniellecareymooney) | 3 comments Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee

... and watch the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" as well!

Both so good!

message 19: by Emma (new)

Emma | 3 comments Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

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