16 Moving Memoirs

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Our Favorite Memoirs

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1. When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

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Goodreads Rating: 4.3

Awards: Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Biography or Autobiography (2017), Wellcome Book Prize Nominee (2017), Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir & Autobiography (2016), Waterstones Book of the Year Nominee (2016), Book of the Month Book of the Year Award Nominee (2016), Jan Michalski Prize Nominee for Longlist (2017)

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2. I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb 

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Goodreads Rating: 4.1

Awards: Lincoln Award Nominee (2017), Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir & Autobiography (2013)

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3. Persepolis: The Story of A Childhood

by Marjane Strapi

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Goodreads Rating: 4.2

Awards: Harvey Awards for Best US Edition of Foreign Material (2004), ALA Alex Award (2004), Prix du Festival d’Angoulême for Alph-art du coup de coeur (2001)

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4. Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines

by Nic Sheff

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Goodreads Rating: 3.9

Awards: Lincoln Award Nominee (2012)

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5. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

by Roxane Gay

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Goodreads Rating: 4.2

Awards: Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction (2018), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Autobiography (2017), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Memoir & Autobiography (2017), Reading Women Award for Nonfiction (2017), Litsy Award for Non-Fiction (2017)

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6. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

by Sherman Alexie

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Goodreads Rating: 4.2

Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Memoir & Autobiography (2017)

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7. Educated: A Memoir

by Tara Westover

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Goodreads Rating: 4.5

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8. The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

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Goodreads Rating: 4.1

Awards: Luisterboek Award (2008)

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9. A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius

by Dave Eggers

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Goodreads Rating: 3.7

Awards: Pulitzer Prize Nominee for General Nonfiction (2001), Guardian First Book Award Nominee (2000), Borders Original Voices Award for Nonfiction (2000), Puddly Award for Memoir (2001)

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10. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

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Goodreads Rating: 4.0

Awards: Oregon Book Award Nominee for Creative Nonfiction (Finalist) (2013), Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Nonfiction (2013), Puddly Award for Nonfiction (2013), Goodreads Choice Award for Best Memoir & Autobiography (2012)

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11. Kookooland

by Gloria Norris

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Goodreads Rating: 4.0

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12. I Wonder As I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

by Langston Hughes

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Goodreads Rating: 4.3

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13. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

by Alison Bechdel

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Goodreads Rating: 4.1

Awards: Stonewall Book Award for Non-Fiction (2007), Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction (2007), Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography (2007), Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Reality-Based Work (2007)

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14. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil 

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Goodreads Rating: 4.2

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15. Night

by Elie Wiesel 

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Goodreads Rating: 4.3

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16. Running with Scissors 

by Augusten Burroughs 

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Goodreads Rating: 3.71

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