As much as we adore fiction, a good memoir can have a huge emotional impact on the reader. Whether it’s Maya Angelou or Michelle Obama, everyone has a story to tell. Memoirs offer readers a rare glimpse into the world’s most interesting minds. Whether you’re looking for an educational, inspirational, or even comical experience, this round-up of the best memoir books includes something for everyone.
Having lost their home, Ray and her terminally ill husband Moth embark on a 630-mile trek along the south-west coast path. Uplifting and inspirational.
Remarkable account of the author’s childhood in a strict Mormon family and how she eventually made her own life.
A powerful memoir of a 38-year-old woman who contracts bacterial meningitis and wakes up in hospital with locked-in syndrome, only able to communicate by blinking.
The extraordinary and inspiring story of a journalist and activist from a village in Iran who overcame adversity to fight against tradition for the freedom she believed in.
An intimate and moving memoir by a woman mourning and discovering her mother through the hoarded possessions she left behind after her death. A revealing story of a mother/daughter relationship that raises universal questions.
Compiled by Features Writer Savanna Douglas