Most Read This Week In Memoir

As a literary genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire from the Latin memoria, meaning "memory", or a reminiscence), forms a subclass of autobiography – although the terms 'memoir' and 'autobiography' are almost interchangeable in modern parlance. Memoir is autobiographical writing, but not all autobiographical writing follows the criteria for memoir.

Memoirs are structured differently from formal autobiographies which tend to encompass the writer's entire life span, focusing on the development of his/her personality. The chronological scope of memoir is determined by the work's context and is
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Most Read This Week Tagged "Memoir"

Educated
Becoming
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
When Breath Becomes Air
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption
Calypso
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Between the World and Me
A Sucky Love Story: Overcoming Unhappily Ever After
This Will Only Hurt a Little
In Pieces
A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming
The Last Black Unicorn
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North Korea
A Woman Is No Man
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits
The Magnolia Story
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE
Hey, Kiddo
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Small Fry
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Reasons to Stay Alive
Yes Please
Everything I Know About Love
The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
Heavy: An American Memoir
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff
We're Going to Need More Wine
My Squirrel Days
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved
My Thoughts Exactly
The Salt Path
Shameless: A Sexual Reformation
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death
Why Not Me?
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
Maude
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
From the Corner of the Oval
Year of Yes
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
The Princess Diarist
Journey Interrupted: A Family Without a Country in a World at War
The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
Scrappy Little Nobody
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Best We Could Do
Tears of the Silenced: An Amish True Crime Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Brutal Betrayal, and Ultimate Survival
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
Hippie
Bad Feminist
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life
Gratitude
American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
The Diary of a Bookseller
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It
The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border
Any Ordinary Day: What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
GuRu
De Amerikaanse prinses
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
Spinning
The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story
I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends
Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.
The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Author of The Fact of a Body

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which will be published by Flatiron Books (Macmillan) in May 2017. It is also forthcoming from publishers internationally. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow and Rona Jaffe Award recipient, she has twice been a fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo. Her essays appear in The New York Times, Oxford American, Iowa Review, and many other publications, and were recognized “notable” in Best American Essays 2013, 2015, and 2016.

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