The 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years

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Fierce Attachments: A Memoir (2005) by Vivian Gornick
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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1975) by Maxine Hong Kingston
2
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) by Alison Bechdel
3
The Liars' Club: A Memoir (1995) by Mary Karr
4
Hitch-22 (2010) by Christopher Hitchens
5
Men We Reaped (2013) by Jesmyn Ward
6
Palimpsest: A Memoir (1995) by Gore Vidal
7
Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir (2003) by Hilary Mantel
8
A Childhood: The Biography of a Place (1978) by Harry Crews
9
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995) by Barack Obama
10
Patrimonio. Una historia verdadera (1991) by Philip Roth
11
All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw (1974) by Theodore Rosengarten
12
Lives Other Than My Own (2009) by Emmanuel Carrère
13
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2002) by Amos Oz
14
This Boy's Life (1989) by Tobias Wolff
15
A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2003) by Rachel Cusk
16
Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life (1997) by J. M. Coetzee
17
Conundrum (1974) by Jan Morris
18
Wave (2013) by Sonali Deraniyagala
19
Always Unreliable: Memoirs (2004) by Clive James
20
Travels With Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets (1993) by Lars Eighner
21
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (2015) by Sally Mann
22
Country Girl (2012) by Edna O'Brien
23
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (2000) by Marjane Satrapi
24
Negroland: A Memoir (2015) by Margo Jefferson
25
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. (2014) by Viv Albertine
Experience (2000) by Martin Amis
Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. (1977) by Eve Babitz
Growing Up (1982) by Russell Baker
Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir (1993) by Anatole Broyard
Between the World and Me (2015) by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) by Joan Didion
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (2015) by William Finnegan
Personal History (1997) by Katharine Graham
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism (1995) by Temple Grandin
Autobiography of a Face (1994) by Lucy Grealy
Dancing With Cuba (2004) by Alma Guillermoprieto
Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir (1983) by Joyce Johnson
The Memory Chalet (2010) by Tony Judt
Heavy: An American Memoir (2018) by Kiese Laymon
Priestdaddy: A Memoir (2017) by Patricia Lockwood
H Is for Hawk (2014) by Helen Macdonald
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (1995) by James McBride
Angela's Ashes (1996) by Frank McCourt
Cockroaches (2006) by Scholastique Mukasonga
Life (2010) by Keith Richards
A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1950 (2000) by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
My Lives: An Autobiography (2005) by Edmund White
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011) by Jeanette Winterson
Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration (1991) by David Wojnarowicz

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