10 books week: 10 favorite memoirs

Friday, July 6, 2012

10booksadayMemoirs are some of my absolute favorite books to read. Something about the picture into a person’s life – not biographical, not just factual – but the very picture of how they personally experienced their lives and the events surrounding them….I just adore reading a good memoir. Some of these were really almost life-changing books for me and others I just merely enjoyed more than the average book, but here are 10 of my favorites.

1) A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller: In this book, Don tells the story of bringing Blue Like Jazz to the movie screen. This book was exactly right for me at the moment I read it, and it quite literally affected the way I approach my whole life. It’s far more than just a memoir.

2) Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life by Lauren Winner: Lauren’s journey towards faith is authentic and revelatory, and I was captured from the moment I picked up this book. It remains one of my favorite memoirs today.

3) Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott: If you have read Anne Lamott, this needs no explanation. If you haven’t read Anne Lamott, do it. That’s all.

4) Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter: Ashley’s story of growing up in foster care is an intense, troubling story of hope. I cried more than once reading this book. It’s actually a great audiobook for those who prefer that sort of thing. I’m pretty particular about narrator voices, but I enjoyed Ashley’s voice, and having her read her own material gave it the authenticity of a story-teller rather than just a reader.

5) Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison: Another must-read for those who are interested in or already doing foster care. Kathy’s story is compelling, touching, deeply identifiable for those who share this journey, and extremely interesting even for those who don’t.

6) The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom: This was one of the first memoirs I remember reading, and Corrie’s story still is with me. A powerful story lived out by such a strong and faithful woman. She’s an inspiration.

7) Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles: Sara’s conversion occurred in her mid-forties through the act of communion, and her life’s work of feeding the hungry came as a result. The people of God transformed by God to bring His kingdom come here on earth is the most compelling of all stories, and that is exactly what Sara’s engaging story is about. I absolutely loved this book.

8 ) Night by Elie Wiesel: Yet another that needs no explanation. If you haven’t read it, you should. It’s amazing.

9) All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir by Brennan Manning: I wrote about this one here, and this memoir was beautiful and transformative and just full of, well, grace.

10) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris: This is my favorite of David Sedaris’s books of essays, but they are all deserving of a place on any list of memoirs. David writes with a dry, sardonic wit that I greatly adore and appreciate.

Any favorite memoirs that I should be reading? Please share!

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