Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up for required reading for school. I had attempted to read it when it was part of On City One Book when it first was published, but I got sidetracked and never got to it.

I had a hard time following the story and who the main character was writing to. Even once I figured it out, I still wasn’t thrilled with the book. It read more like fiction than a memoir to me.

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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


Christopher Hitchens

Men We Reaped

Jesmyn Ward


Gore Vidal

Giving Up the Ghost

Hilary Mantel

A Childhood

Harry Crews

Harper & Row, 1978

Dreams From My Father

Barack Obama


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


J.M. Coetzee

Viking, 1997


Jan Morris


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


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

Pantheon, 2003


Margo Jefferson

Pantheon, 2015

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

Viv Albertine

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


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


Kiese Laymon

Scribner, 2018


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


Scholastique Mukasonga. Translated from the French by Jordan Stump.

Archipelago Books, 2016


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