A-Z Challenge: L is for…

List of good memoirs

Memoir Writing

This post is one of 26 I am writing for the A-Z Challenge on the subject of writing a memoir. I’m not an expert in writing memoirs, but I’m exploring the topic with thoughts about writing one, and am happy to share the fruits of my exploration.


How many times have I read that to be a good writer you have to read in your genre?


These are some great memoirs, which I have read, listed in no particular order. Do you want to add any?

  • Frank McCourt: Angela’s Ashes
  • Jeannette Walls: The Glass Castle
  • Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love
  • Alice Kaplan: French Lessons: A Memoir
  • Stephen King: On Writing
  • Barack Obama: Dreams from My Father
  • Jean Davison: The Dark Threads
  • Reva Mann: The Rabbi’s Daughter
  • John Grogan: Marley & Me
  • Jo Carroll: Hidden Tiger Raging Mountain (a travel memoir)

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By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

5 replies on “A-Z Challenge: L is for…”

Sorry a bit late with this but I’d like to nominate one thats a little odd. Not really a memoir in the usual sense. It’s about a limited period of time not a whole life. It is John Steinbeck’s ‘Journal of a Novel.’ (The East of Eden letters). It tells the story of the writing of that book and is one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever seen about the creative journey all writers make.

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