“Which memoirs do you like best?”
That’s the most frequently asked question when someone hears about this blog. Having now read at least 100 memoirs, I am ready to offer my own top ten list for your inspection. The ten books fall into three categories:
Memoirs written before the current trend–books that first drew me to the genre:
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
- One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Girls who Dream Big and Get Out of Dodge
- The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
- An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
- A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
- Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
What do I look for in memoir? A voice that sings even through desperate times, a transcendent voice, a voice at once unique and yet connected to a community and a place, especially rural landscapes.
What can you add or subtract from this description for your own personal hermeneutic?