A memoir is a focus on a particular moment or series of moments around a theme. It is different from an autobiography as an autography deal with one’s entire life story. When you read a memoir, it is supposed to leave you knowing the writer and that particular event on a much deeper level; a memoir is supposed to take the reader on an exciting flight of that particular happing in life.
Here are some of the greatest life changing memoirs that are a must read for memoir readers:
10. The Horse Boy By Rupert Isaacson
It is a story about a father who has an autistic son. They journey to Mongolia in search of Shaman’s ancient culture. These are people who believe in horse healing powers and the father wanted to know if this power can heal his son.
9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Chery Strayed was a poor, debt burdened author, but this memoir made herto be one of the best selling author of her times. The memoirs are about her journey in the Pacific in the 1995. It also touches on how human strength can help to overcome suffering and result in pursue of empowerment. She wrote it after the death of her mother. She was trying to recover from the shock of the untimely death of her mother.
8. The Unstill Life by Gabrielle Selz
It is about the Gabrielle’s emotional journey. She grew up with a father who was a curator of Modern Art in New York. She got challenges growing up with a father who was passionate with women as he was with his artwork thus bring emotional challenges to Gabrielle.
7. Second Wind By Cami Ostman
Ostman was emotionally repressed and to come out of it, she decided to run 7 marathons in 7 continents. In the memoirs, she reveals the insights and power of endurance that a human soul has; something she discovered during the marathons.
6. Losing Amma Finding Home by Uma Girish
Her mother died of breast cancer, leaving her alone in a foreign land. In her memoirs, she explains how she found solace in her sadness and loneliness and eventually learning the universal concept of being home away from home.
5. The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
This is a memoir about grief and loss. It gives emotional experience which Joan underwent when, while treating their daughter of pneumonia and septic shock, her husband dies of a heart attack. She explains in detail of what she went through during that trying moment – the emotional agony.
4. Blue Night By Joan Didion
This is a follow up to the Year of Magical Thinking by the same writer, Joan Didion. She wrote them up when in 2005, her daughter passed on. She describes the emotional nightmares she underwent.
3. My Father’s Gardens by Karen Levy
It is all about what immigrants face when they move from their home countries to foreign land. Karen talks about what she went through after she lost her real home in Israel and how she struggled to fit in with new culture and new environment.
2. Unremarried Widow By Artis Henderson
Artis Henderson lost her husband in Afghanistan. He was working with the United States Army as a pilot. To deal with the grief, she decided to write the memoir as she came to terms with the reality that, her husband is gone forever.
1. The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
This particular memoir held a spot on the New York Times for a whole year. For that particular year, it was regarded as the best seller. It is a memoir, which deals with the childhood abuse, changing emotional state and facing the reality. Mary Karr tries to explain in details about her family’s history and in great depth, explains her mother’s past
Through reading memoirs, one comes to learn more about other people’s past. Most memoirs are life changing because, when you read about what someone who was in a particular situation underwent and how they overcame, it gives you the courage to press on.