We Love Memoirs Day is the creation of two authors, Victoria Twead and Alan Parks, who have both written memoirs. It was their desire to bring authors and readers together that led to the creation of the observance and a Facebook group of the same name two years ago, and the 2600-strong Facebook community calls itself “the friendliest group on Facebook.”
With the popularity of page-to-screen adaptations like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted, Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia and Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black, it would seem that people do indeed love memoirs, and it’s not hard to see why: memoirs offer a blend of characteristics from many genres. A good memoir provides the narrative and insights of fiction and the facts and documentary details of non-fiction. Books like I am Malala by Malala Yousafzi gives a first-hand account of the terror wrought by the Taliban. Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me offer first person narratives of life behind the scenes in television, and Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly gives foodies a glimpse at life in the kitchen. Historical events like the 1979 Iranian Revolution come to life through the lens of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir Persepolis.
Nevins currently has quite a few new memoirs available, in areas from sports to pop culture, so there’s something for everyone!
Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, by Alysia Abbott
Abbott chronicles her unconventional childhood, being raised by her single gay father in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district.
The Rose Hotel: A Memoir of Secrets, Loss, and Love from Iran to America, by Rahimeh Andalibian
Andalibian recounts her family’s move from Iran to California following the 1979 revolution and the two crimes that plagued the family.
Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, by Kate Bolick
An exploration of changing attitudes towards marriage and a celebration of the lives of women who have chosen to remain single.
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope, by Tom Brokaw
The longtime news anchor reflects on his diagnosis with multiple myeloma, his career, and his family.
No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams, by Derrick Coleman Jr.
Coleman is the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. In this memoir he recounts the hard work that led him to a spot on the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks.
You Can’t Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television, by Al Michaels
Emmy Award-winning sports announcer Al Michaels recounts his career in this memoir that spans over forty years in the business.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, by Issa Rae
Rae has found a following with her Web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” and here she shares her humor and insight through candid stories about her self-described awkwardness.