Today I am rounding up some of my favourite memoirs I’ve read in the last two years. I love immersing myself in someone else’s perspective on life and often reading how resilience plays a huge part in everyone’s lives. There is so much to be learnt from other’s journeys.
Firstly Gloria Steinem’s memoir. I loved this and if you want to know more about this amazing woman read this! I think they should read it in schools!
Next this beautiful and honest memoir by Ariel Levy. What struck me most in this memoir was her raw candor, it’s a really heartbreaking but touching read, full of hope.
I’m sure you’ve seen this next book everywhere and I am probably the millionth person to recommend it but I had to include it because it is riveting!! I won’t give too much away so all I’ll say is Tara Westover has lived an extraordinary life and this book is full of hope and forgiveness. It’s an utterly remarkable read.
The next book isn’t an official memoir but I feel it is as close as we could ever get to one. I really knew nothing about Sylvia Plath and then in November last year Radio 4 had this book as their book of the week so everyday I listened to the extracts and I found it fascinating. She is a prolific letter writer, and the detail in her letters is extraordinary, I felt completely immersed in her life and wherever she was writing from. Towards the end of the book it is understandably intense and very sad. but I think it offers a very vivid portrait of who she was. I haven’t read the first volume of her letters, although from what I hear this volume is more insightful, and there is also a very moving tribute prologue from her daughter.
Lastly but by no means least this amazing book by Anna Funder. This isn’t Anna’s personal memoir it’s actually a collection of memories from people who lived through this era which Anna has collated into the most insightful and fascinating book. I picked this up when I went to Berlin two years ago and I loved it. If, like me, your knowledge of this period in German history is thin on the ground then this book will give you real insight. It’s also just full of astonishing, and heartbreaking stories. I really loved it, and it also help me understand Deutchland 83 a lot more as I was a bit confused when I watched that!!
Let me know what you think if you read any of these! firstname.lastname@example.org