Contemporary Memoirs

Provided by the staff at the West University Branch Library.

A. Manette Ansay. Limbo
Issues of faith and health are examined as Ansay tells why and how she became a writer instead of a concert pianist.
Kurt Chandler. Shaving Lessons: A Memoir of Father and Son
The author's light-hearted reflections on being both father and son.
Gordon Churchwell. Expecting: One Man's Uncensored Memoir of Pregnancy
A lively memoir of pregnancy from the male point-of-view.
 
Jill Ker Conway. True North: A Memoir
An Australian woman attends Harvard, and later becomes the first woman president of Smith College. Sequel to: The Road from Coorain.
Kathy Doby. The Only Girl in the Car
A raw, emotionally gripping coming-of-age narrative.
Mary Karr. Liar's Club
A prize-winning memoir of parental alcoholism and abuse that is both disturbing and funny.
Stephen King. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Part memoir, part writing class by the best selling author.
Annie Lamott. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Spiritual journeys of a single mother.
Miriam Mathabane. Miriam's Song: A Memoir
A young woman's life during the last years of apartheid in South Africa. As told to Mark Mathabane, the author of Kaffir Boy: the True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Arpartheid South Africa.
Joyce Maynard. At Home in the World
The author's year-long relationship with J. D. Salinger, when she was 19 and he was 53.
James McBride. Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
While raising a family of twelve children, McBride's Polish-Jewish-American mother battled racism and poverty.
Frank McCourt. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
Growing up poor but plucky in Limerick, Ireland.
Nasdijj. The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams
A haunting memoir of life in and around the Navajo Nation.
Nuala O'Faolain. Are You Somebody: the Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
A woman's midlife examination of her untraditional life as a journalist.
Marsha Recknagel. If Nights Could Talk
A gritty memoir of adoption and healing, set in Houston near Rice University.
 
Tobias Wolff. This Boy's Life
A classic coming of age memoir set in the American Northwest during the Fifties and early Sixties.