Asked a bunch of readers and writers what their favorite memoirs are…yours?

Terry Wilson: “Wow, I have so many favorites: Liars’ Club, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, The Glass Castle, Angela’s Ashes, and even Hyperchondriac (Brian Frazer). In my opinion, they’re all very well written, they contain a lot of humor (not maudlin at all even though there are sad events), and really strong voice and POV character that I could sympathize with and relate to.”

Terry: “Oops, forgot “Just Kids” by Patti Smith!”

Erika Wurth: “I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I did read Nick Flynn’s Another Night in Suck City & liked that a lot.”

Lynn Cline One of my favorites is The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr, and also The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Williams. These are both so honest, raw and poignant. Beautifully written…they cover hardscrabble lives, but the authors never become sentimental or overly wraught.

Susan Harries Aylward I love Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg, about his grandfather. The cover has a great photo of him on it.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg, too!

J.A. Lee Miriam, one of my favorites is Nat Hentoff’s Boston Boy. Another is Sam Kashner’s When I Was Cool: My Life at the Jack Kerouac School.

Melissa Allen ‎”Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight,” by Alexandra Fuller.

Marie Longserre I’d say Andrea Fuller’s “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs”, and Bragg’s “All Over But the Shoutin”, and of course “Angela’s Ashes”by that great Irish author What’s-his-Name, as well as his brother’s book.

Marie Longserre Oh yeah, “This Boy’s Life” also.

Sudasi J. Clement Reading “Just Kids” by Patti Smith and can’t put it down!

Linda Hunsaker ‎”Slackjaw”, “Quitting the Nairobi Trio”, and “Ruining it for Everybody” all by the great writer from Brooklyn Jim Knipfel.

2. Mary Karr: The Liars Club.
3. William Maxwell: So Long See You Tomorrow.
4. Harry Crews: Childhood, Autobiography of a Place

Carol Joyce Maltby ‎”Flowering Dusk” by Ella Young. She moves easily and observantly through many worlds: IRA members, artists, writers, Theosophists, and the fairy folk she could see and hear.