Bloggers’ recommended biographies and memoirs

Last week I posted Book Club Mom’s recommended biographies and memoirs. I got some great suggestions in the comments, so I thought I’d share them here. Make sure to check out these bloggers’ websites too, a great group of friends offering a variety of posts about travel, adventure and ideas.


Natalie the Explorer

All of them are thought-provoking memoirs.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox


Donna at Retirement Reflections

I love reading a full range of non-fiction, biographies and memoirs.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Rocket Girl by George D. Morgan


Jan M. Flynn

genre-bending memoirs

The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr


Karen at Calabria: The Other Italy

…an amazing narrative. I read the earlier translation, not the later “Fatelessness,” which may also be good, but I can’t imagine any better than its predecessor.

Fateless/Fatelessness by Imre Kertész


Garden of Eden Blog by Susan Scott

 read ‘Educated’ – terrifying. As was ‘The Choice’ .. I had to put each down every now and then and take a breather.

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger


Can you add more to the list?

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Note: apologies for the various sizes of book covers. I couldn’t get them to be the same and still look clear. I think that’s the classic editor telling me to move over to the new block editor 😉

37 thoughts on “Bloggers’ recommended biographies and memoirs

    1. HI Derrick – yes I read Angela’s Ashes about 15 years ago and thought it was excellent, too. I don’t have a review for it though. Maybe I’d better re-read it! I’ll check out Dirk Bogarde – thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  1. I’ve been wanting to read Lucky Man. One I really enjoyed is Summer at Tiffany. I think you’d like it, Barbara. https://amzn.to/2DLlQVK
    A memoir acclaimed as “reminiscent of The Best of Everything and Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (BookPage), Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart is the true story of two best friends experiencing the time of their lives in New York City during the summer of 1945. The Cleveland Plain Dealer raves, “Hart writes about that stylish summer with verve, recollecting with a touching purity a magical summer in Manhattan, seen through the eyes of two 21-year-olds, just as the end of World War II approached.”

    1. Hi Jill – thank you! I actually remember seeing this somewhere – have you talked about Summer at Tiffany before? I’m going to have to do a follow-up to this follow-up post! Hope you’re doing well and that you have a nice weekend 🙂

    1. Hi Tammie – I also like Michael J. Fox. He is one of my favorites. I would be interested in reading how he is managing. Thanks for visiting. Hope you are doing well.

    1. Hi Jacqui – there are so many books out there, no one can seriously claim to be able to read them all. I have a big long list of TBRs. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Hi, Barbara – Thank you for the mention. I have ‘Lucky Man’ on my self and will now dust it off and read it. I have also added a few more titles from this post to my TBR list. I greatly appreciate the recommendations.

  3. I loved both Angela’s Ashes and The Glass Castle. I’ll have to try some of the other books you mentioned…thanks for the recommendations!

    1. Hi Ann – I read Angela’s Ashes a long time ago – I should probably re-read it. I remember reading The Glass Castle while on vacation – I’m pretty sure there was a copy in our rental and I tore through it! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  4. Great list! I just read Where the Crowdads Sing and really liked it. I see its cover in your banner photo. I’m sure everybody has either read or heard of this bestseller by now. I have Belonging in my possession and would like to read Angela’s Ashes and Educated one day. Life is too short!!!

      1. Oh that sounds excellent – I feel like I’ve heard of that book. I’m not really an introvert, but I’m definitely not an extrovert – somewhere in the middle. I’m going to check it out – thanks!

    1. Hi Liesbet – it is indeed. I’m greedy when I think about all the books I want to read, but the reality is I can only manage so many. The trick is not to get frustrated at the pace and to just enjoy what I’m reading at that time. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  5. I loved Becoming by Michelle Obama and still want to read Lucky Man. There just isn’t enough time in the week for books. I want them all! 🙂 Thanks for the new suggestions, Barbara, and hope you’ve had a good weekend. xo

    1. Hi Lauren – I know what you mean. I just finished a book yesterday and I have a book lined up to start tomorrow morning before work. But there’s never enough time. I’m going to have to make time for Becoming, though. Thanks for the visit 🙂

    1. Oh yes, that was. My book club read it at least 15 years ago. I remember liking it a lot. Thanks for stopping by, Diana. I hope you are doing well 🙂

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