Nancy Pearl's Memoir Recommendations

May 6, 2013

If you are looking for a good memoir to read, here are a few of Nancy Pearl’s suggestions.

"A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana," by Haven Kimmel

"Cakewalk: A Memoir," by Kate Moses

"The World’s Strongest Librarian," by Josh Hanagarne

"Between Terror and Tourism," by Michael Mewshaw

"Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown," by Paul Theroux

"Stop-Time," by Frank Conroy

"Mountain City," by Gregory Martin

"Going Back to Bisbee," by Richard Shelton

"A Hole in the Sky," by William Kitteridge

"A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons," by Robert M. Sapolsky

"Let’s Not Go to the Dogs Tonight," by Alexandra Fuller

"Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly," by Anthony Bourdain

"Burning the Days," by James Salter

"Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography," by June Burn

"Down the Wild River North," by Constance Helmericks

"The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific," by M. Wylie Blanchet and Timothy Egan

Graphic Novels

"Marbles," by Ellen Forney

"Fun Home," by Alison Bechdel

"You’ll Never Know," by C. Tyler

"Persepolis," by Marjane Satrapi

Suggested By Listeners

"Tough Trip Through Paradise," by Andrew Garcia

"This Boy’s Life," by Tobias Wolff

"The Duke of Deception," by Geoffrey Wolff

"In the Sanctuary of Outcasts," by Neil White

"West with the Night," by Beryl Markham

"Speak Memory," by Vladimir Nabokov

"Tibetan Foothold," by Dervla Murphy

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