My Favorite Memoirs

Memoirs are my favorite genre of books, ever. I’ve read (and have also DNF’d) so many memoirs in my lifetime and I’m always looking for more to add to my TBR list. I have a need to share my favorite ones with you all. I truly believe that if you were never a fan of memoirs before, you may become one if you read these books:

A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown


This is the heart-wrenching true story of a girl named Cupcake and it begins when, aged eleven, she is orphaned and placed in the ‘care’ of sadistic foster parents. But there comes a point in her preteen years – maybe it’s the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once – when Cupcake’s story shifts from a tear-jerking tragedy to a dark, deeply disturbing journey through hell.
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This is not only the best memoir I’ve ever read, it is the best book I’ve ever read. When anyone asks me what my favorite book is, my answer is always: A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. I absolutely love how this book was written. I wanted to cry when I read the last page–I never wanted this book to end. Cupcake Brown is such an amazing author.

How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson


Jenna Jameson’s unforgettable memoir is many things at once: a shocking sexual history; an insider s guide to the secret workings of the billion-dollar adult-film industry; and a gripping thriller that probes deep into Jameson s dark past. With never-before-seen photographs from Jenna s private collection, exclusive photos taken for this book, and original cartoon strips, this memoir is an unparalleled exploration of sexual freedom.
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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey


At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey’s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab.
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I don’t care what people have to say about this book and author. I loved this book so much. So, so much.

The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rockstar by Nikki Sixx


Set against the frenzied world of heavy metal superstardom, the co-founder of Motley Crue offers an unflinching and gripping look at his own descent into drug addiction. It follows him during the year he plunged to rock bottom and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.
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Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso


One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is fifty-one. When Peter invites her and her mother to his house, the little girl finds a child’s paradise of exotic pets and an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for the attention Peter lavishes on her, and he creates an imaginative universe for her, much as Lewis Carroll did for his real-life Alice.

In time, he insidiously takes on the role of Margaux’s playmate, father, and lover. Charming and manipulative, Peter burrows into every aspect of Margaux’s life and transforms her from a child fizzing with imagination and affection into a brainwashed young woman on the verge of suicide. But when she is twenty-two, it is Peter – ill, and wracked with guilt – who kills himself, at the age of sixty-six.
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Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, Life Reclaimed by Michelle Knight


Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.

In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.
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Dry by Augusten Burroughs


You may not know it, but you’ve met Augusten Burroughs. You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls, and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn’t really a request) of his employers, Augusten landed in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click, and that’s when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that’s as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.
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Borderlines by Caroline Kraus

What would you do if your best friend was also your worst enemy?

When Caroline Kraus leaves behind her sheltered, upper-middle-class home in St. Louis for San Francisco following the death of her mother, she is searching for clarity and a fresh perspective to help her escape her mother’s ghost. Instead, in a dreamlike city of beatnik bookstores and coffeehouses, she meets Jane.

Bewitching and free-spirited, Jane offers Caroline the warmth, intuitive understanding, and female companionship she craves, and soon the two women are inseparable. But gradually, Caroline discovers that behind the intensity that makes the friendship so intoxicating lies a dangerous, symbiotic stranglehold. As their lives and psyches become evermore intertwined, Jane begins to reveal some disturbing qualities and pulls Caroline further into her troubled depths. And as her subtle manipulations blossom into emotional blackmail, financial ruin, alarming promiscuity, and ultimately, physical aggression, Caroline must fight to regain her sense of self, and her understanding of where Jane ends and she begins.
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Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Child by Julie Gregory

A young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor’s examining table, missing yet another day of school. Just twelve, she’s tall, skinny, and weak. It’s four o’clock, and she hasn’t been allowed to eat anything all day. Her mother, on the other hand, seems curiously excited. She’s about to suggest open-heart surgery on her child to “get to the bottom of this.” She checks her teeth for lipstick and, as the doctor enters, shoots the girl a warning glance. This child will not ruin her plans.
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22 thoughts on “My Favorite Memoirs

  1. A Piece of Cake sounds so good! That’s definitely one I’m going to have to check out. I’ve been wanting to read the memoir “Smashed” by Koren Zailckas for the longest time but haven’t gotten around to it yet.


  2. You are amazing! I’ve just bought myself a bookshelf for my room (I missed having paper books) so I need some new reads – I also LOVE memoirs and autobiographies, so this has really helped me to find some new things to read xx


    1. No, YOU’RE amazing!! 🙂 I miss having real books, too. All I ever read is eBooks.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves memoirs!! I hope you find the time to read and enjoy any one of these books on my list. 🙂


  3. I have never read many memoirs before but they seem absolutely fascinating! The last one intrigued me straight away – thank you for those suggestions as I will definitely be putting them on my reading list xox


  4. Thanks for this list! Personally speaking, but I could be wrong because I occasionally sometimes am!! I think many people who blog about their life and stuff find memoirs and autobiographies interesting because they tend to be like minded people. How many authors that penned their memoirs do you think started with a journal or a blog?
    I know for myself I have been trying to write my autobiography for years but some of it is so awful I just kept getting bogged down in the horror of it. Since starting my blog I have discovered a new writing style for me and have been able to work in my book in the same witty lighthearted trend.
    Dang sorry!!! I hijacked your post, thanks again for the list, I am going to Amazon now!!

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    1. You’d be surprised, I come across a lot of bloggers who say they don’t enjoy reading any type of books…and ones that say they dislike memoirs. I am saddened by this and choose not to engage with those people lol.

      I would also love to write a memoir one day but I don’t even know where to start, how much to include, what to take out, etc. I hope you do get your story out there one day. I do really think you’d enjoy reading A Piece of Cake. Her writing style is a bit similar to yours.

      And no worries. 🙂 I love reading your comments! Let me know if you get to reading any of these memoirs, I’d love to hear your thoughts. ❤

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  5. I looked at the book on Amazon and its weird because the Kindle version is $14.99 that is VERY expensive for an Ebook especially when you consider I can get the paper copy for only $12.99. I am going to search elsewhere.
    As for your memoirs, just write it how it comes out, once it is written go through and make what changes, corrections you want to make and then once you a happy send it to an editor and they do the rest!!

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