Top 10 Memoirs Books

These top 10 memoirs are my favorite autobiographies. Many of them are written by writers (of course they are, you say).

But what I mean is, many of the writers also have written novels or other nonfiction books or are journalists. That is to say, you won’t find a celebrity memoir in the bunch.*

I love peeking in at other people’s lives. Memoirs let us do that. These memoirs are listed in no particular order. I love them all!

Below is a shortlist of some of the top memoirs books which are some of the highest rated memoirs books for you that are on the market right now. We have taken the time to find the greatest memoirs books that people like you have rated highly and given the best ratings and reviews for memoirs books.

Top 10 Best Memoirs Books

Townie: A Memoir
By Andre Dubus III

Won Book of the Year Adult Non-Fiction—2012 Indie Choice AwardsAmazon Best Book of the Month February 2011″Dubus relives, absent self-pity or blame, a life shaped by bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness.

  • “I just was left wanting.” – susanmara
  • “I’m a fan of this author but wondered how he’d write this very personal memoir.” – K. Corn
  • “I did find his book somewhat repetitive and at times seemed to rambling on.” – Donna A

Glass Castle
By Jeannette Walls
  • “Ms. Walls is an excellent writer and tells her sad story very well.” – K. Metzger
  • “It is an enthralling story, with an amazing message that the author shares by taking us through her life growing up as a woman in a very dynamic family.” – Sammy E Davis
  • “Whenever I feel sorry for my own life then I read a book like this and I think what others have gone through that makes my life seem charmed.” – Shannon

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine
By Monica Wood

1963, Mexico, Maine.

  • “This was a very beautifully written memoir!” – Cynthia Hamilton
  • “I picked up this book last night to start reading, just a few pages, as I was tired.” – Suzanne Amara
  • “She does an excellent job of describing the town and Oxford Paper Mill, the main employer in the area.” – PT Cruiser

A Girl from Yamhill
By Beverly Cleary

Generations of children have grown up with Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and all of their friends, families, and assorted pets.

  • “If you are like me, you have enjoyed reading Beverly Cleary’s books to your children.” – Ulfilas
  • “After reading this book I feel like I’ve known her for a long time.” – I think that this game looks r…
  • “Beverly Cleary is the greatest!” – EmilyS

Breaking Clean
By Judy Blunt

In this extraordinary literary debut third-generation homesteader Judy Blunt describes her hardscrabble life on the prairies of eastern Montana in prose as big and bold as the landscape.

  • “Eloquent breathtaking descriptive writing.” – John H. Mckain
  • “Certainly well worth reading!!!” – S. K. Mittleman
  • “Indeed, some may view this book as an indictment of the culture in which she lived, worked, struggled, and suffered throughout much of her life.” – Robert Morris

By Alice Sebold

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus.

  • “Lucky by Alice Sebold, was amazing.” – Alaura J. Trojanowski
  • “This memoir is a very easy read that will keep your interest page after page.” – Avid Reader
  • “The writing style is very unique and fresh.” – J. Phillips

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir
By Elizabeth McCracken

“This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending,” writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir.

  • “Elizabeth McCracken has written such a moving, beautiful memoir.” – Michele
  • “I’d highly recommend the book for those who have experienced stillbirth as well as anyone who cares for someone who’s had such a loss.” – Aj Hunter
  • “I’ve been trying to find the words to say how this book made me feel…and it’s hard.” – Jennifer Watanabe

Autobiography of a Face
By Lucy Grealy

“I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I’ve spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else.

  • “All this medical trauma makes for a great premise, but it is Grealy’s lyrical, poetic writing that truly makes this book.” – Jessica Lux
  • “This personal story is filled with courage and struggle and a quest for truth and beauty.” – Krystal M. Hamilton
  • “There is no real way to describe the experience except to go through it for yourself to really understand it, but Lucy’s words came very close!” –

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
By Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work.

  • “If someone so difficult can be so loved and so lovingly portrayed, it should give hope to us all.” – L Leblanc
  • “Ann Patchett does a remarkable job of describing her relationship with Lucy Grealy.” – Mrs. Duck
  • “Perhaps Lucy’s constant demands for attention were too draining and they just couldn’t handle it anymore.” – TawnTawn

A Girl Named Zippy
By Haven Kimmel

This Today Show book club selection is now available on audio.

  • “The genius of Kimmel’s writing is that she makes the everyday experiences of childhood and small-town life at once poignant, funny, innocent, and true.” – E. G MCCANDLESS
  • “She knows how to put a book together; her life gets jumbled at times just like everyone else.” – Brady L. Buchanan
  • “I finished this book on a plane, and immediately wanted to read it again.” – Josina Martinez

Suggestions of the Best Memoirs Books

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