Hello! I’m Michelle from Blogs Like a Girl. I write about such hot topics like life, media and of course, cats. I’m also an avid book reader and love talking about them. I also cohost a monthly link-up called Reading Lately; our next one is Feb. 26 – you should join up!
Today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite memoirs written by women. As a feminist, I feel like the market is flowing with a lot of male written memoirs but not a lot of women written memoirs on female subjects. Thus, this post! I hope you like it.
Sickened by Julie Gregory
Growing up, Julie suffered by the hands of her mother through a disease known as Münchausen by Proxy. This is a fascinating memoir about a subject that’s often on covered in media. Julie’s mother takes her to doctor after doctor, tells her matchsticks are lollipops and even tries to have open heart surgery performed on her!
Lucky by Alice Sebold
Better known for writing the Lovely Bones, Lucky is Alice’s memoir about her rape and her experience with the aftermath of it. Named Lucky because a police officer tells her how “lucky” she was (a woman had been murdered in the spot she was raped), Alice definitely drew upon her experience to later write the Lovely Bones.
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy and Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett
I cheated and put these two together because you really need to read them that way. Autobiography is about Lucy’s experiences and reflection on how her life is different due to her, in her words, deformed face. (She suffered from cancer of the jaw in her childhood.) Ann’s book is a companion book – it details her friendship with Lucy. I highly recommend both.
Smashed by Koren Zailckas
Smashed documents Koren’s struggle with alcohol abuse from age fourteen to her mid 20s. Written in response to articles on binge drinking in young women, Koren talks about why she did it and how it differs from what the experts believe.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Pacific Crest Trail ranges from the Mexican border all the way to Canada. Cheryl walked 1,100-mile of it solo, from the Mojave Desert to the Bridge of the Gods into Washington. This hike was sparked by the death of her mother from lung cancer, and that death weighs heavy in the background.
What memoirs do you recommend?