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Memoir

Memoir is a nonfiction subgenre that presents a written collection of memories about a person’s life. Rather than recording a thorough summary of life events, as in autobiography, memoir doesn’t encompass the writer’s entire life story but focuses on a particular area or stage, and includes the writer’s takeaway from these occurrences. Memoir is usually written in the first person point of view and is less factual and research-based than other nonfiction categories.

Celebrated author Gore Vidal offers a helpful definition: "a memoir is how one remembers one's own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dates, facts double-checked."

A classic memoir is Henry David Thoreau's 1854 Walden about the writer’s two-year seclusion in a cabin near Walden Pond. Elie Wiesel’s harrowing Holocaust memoir Night is a notable book in the genre. 

If you write memoir, explore this subgenre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.

Landmark Memoir Titles

  • FRESH OFF THE BOAT by Eddie Huang is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK by Jen Lancaster is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • TRAVELING MERCIES by Anne Lamott is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • WITH OR WITHOUT YOU by Domenica Ruta is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • TENDER AT THE BONE by Ruth Reichl is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdain is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • DATA: A LOVE STORY by Amy Webb is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by Piper Kerman is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Lena Dunham is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • THE KISS by Kathryn Harrison is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • WAVE by Sonali Deraniyagala is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • AND THE HEART SAYS WHATEVER by Emily Gould is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT by Alexandra Fuller is a Memoir Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day  
  • Memoir Book – The Year Of Magical Thinking  
  • Memoir Book – No Easy Day  
  •  Memoir Book – Wild  
  •  Memoir Book – Speak, Memory  
  •  Memoir Book – The Glass Castle  
  •  Memoir Book – Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim  
  •  Memoir Book – Dreams from my Father  
  •  Memoir Book – The Liar's Club  
  •  Memoir Book – This Boy's Life  
  •  Memoir Book – Bossypants  
  •  Memoir Book – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  
  •  Memoir Book – Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir  
  •  Memoir Book – Night  
 

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