Fifty Best Memoirs of the Past Fifty Years

fifty best memoirs

The above linked article talks about the best memoirs of the last fifty years.  I’d like to get my hands on some of these.

Fierce Attachments

Vivian Gornick

The Woman Warrior

Maxine Hong Kingston

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel

The Liars’ Club

Mary Karr

Hitch-22

Christopher Hitchens

Men We Reaped

Jesmyn Ward

Palimpsest

Gore Vidal

Giving Up the Ghost

Hilary Mantel

A Childhood

Harry Crews

Harper & Row, 1978

Dreams From My Father

Barack Obama

Patrimony

Philip Roth

All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw

Theodore Rosengarten

Lives Other Than My Own

Emmanuel Carrère. Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale.

Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company, 2011

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Amos Oz. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange.

Harcourt, 2004

This Boy’s Life

Tobias Wolff

The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989

A Life’s Work

Rachel Cusk

Picador, 2002

Boyhood

J.M. Coetzee

Viking, 1997

Conundrum

Jan Morris

Wave

Sonali Deraniyagala

Always Unreliable: Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was in June

Clive James

Travels With Lizbeth

Lars Eighner

Hold Still

Sally Mann

Little, Brown & Company, 2015

Country Girl

Edna O’Brien

Little, Brown and Company, 2013

Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi. Translated from the French by Mattias Ripa and Blake Ferris.

Pantheon, 2003

Negroland

Margo Jefferson

Pantheon, 2015

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

Viv Albertine

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2014

Experience

Martin Amis

Talk Miramax Books/Hyperion, 2000

Slow Days, Fast Company

Eve Babitz

Alfred A. Knopf, 1977

Growing Up

Russell Baker

Congdon & Weed, 1982

Kafka Was the Rage

Anatole Broyard

Carol Southern Books/Crown Publishers, 1993

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Spiegel & Grau, 2015

The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion

Alfred A. Knopf, 2005

Barbarian Days

William Finnegan

Penguin Press, 2015

Personal History

Katharine Graham

Alfred A. Knopf, 1997

Thinking in Pictures

Temple Grandin

Doubleday, 1995

Autobiography of a Face

Lucy Grealy

Houghton Mifflin, 1994

Dancing With Cuba

Alma Guillermoprieto. Translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen.

Pantheon, 2004

Minor Characters

Joyce Johnson

Houghton Mifflin, 1983

The Memory Chalet

Tony Judt

Penguin Press, 2010

Heavy

Kiese Laymon

Scribner, 2018

Priestdaddy

Patricia Lockwood

Riverhead Books, 2017

H Is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

Grove Press, 2015

The Color of Water

James McBride

Riverhead Books, 1996

Angela’s Ashes

Frank McCourt

Scribner, 1996

Cockroaches

Scholastique Mukasonga. Translated from the French by Jordan Stump.

Archipelago Books, 2016

Life

Keith Richards

Little, Brown & Company, 2010

A Life in the Twentieth Century

Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000

My Lives

Edmund White

Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers, 2006

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Jeanette Winterson

Grove Press, 2012

Close to the Knives

David Wojnarowicz

Vintage, 1991

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