How to Find Books Hard to Put Down?

Tiz’ the season, and joyously I’m starting to get in the Christmassy spirit.

I can’t count the number of reading advocates springing up everywhere posting reading and writing inspiration I respect. One of my favorites are reading lists presented in categories; 100 Books that will have your brows glued to the ceiling, or 100 Books that will have you crying the ugly face… or laughing your B-Hind off, or that other other one, among 101 plenty of others… 100 Books You Should Read Before You Die.

Not that I agree with many of the books on these lists, or some of the categories for that matter, I do however agree with reading advocates making it easier to find books hard to put down. So, thank you Bookstr, and Book Worms, and For Reading Addicts, and Book-Lovers on the Bustle, and of course Book Riot, along with anyone else “fighting the good fight” to motivate reading. I’m so moved by all this literary spirit that I decided to publish a BIG READING LIST of my own.

Of the many, Many, MANY memoirs I’ve read, listed below are 100 of the most deeply satisfying and rewarding memoirs read to date.

1. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life by Don Piper
2. A Bridge Between by Velia Pola
3. A Country Called Nigeria by Robert Siller Jr.
4. A Lawyer's Life by Johnnie Cochran
5. A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
6. A Nation of Wusses by Ed Rendell
7. All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald
8. And So It Goes by Charles J. Shields (Biography)
9. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
10. At Home on the Steppe by Janet Givens
11. Between You & Me by Mike Wallace
12. Big Little Man by Alex Tizon
13. Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
14. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
15. Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
16. Crawling: A Father's First Year by Elisha Cooper
17. Desperate to be a Housewife by Meg Bortin
18. Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker by Marla Martenson
19. Doing Germany by Agnieszka Paletta
20. Don’t Block the Blessings by Patti LaBelle
21. Etched in My Memory: Stories from Life of a Former Soviet Invalid of the Fifth Line by Sol Tetelbaum
22. Every Little Step by Bobby Brown
23. Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice
24. Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic by Bobby Norfolk
25. Family Matters And More: Stories Of My Life In Soviet Russia by Sol Tetelbaum
26. Farewell, My Beijing by Chi Newman
27. Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K. Gann
28. Foxy: My Life in Three Acts by Pam Grier
29. from ashes to africa by Josh and Amy Bottomly
30. Funny In Farsi: A Memoir Of Growing Up Iranian In America by Firoozeh Dumas
31. Gift of a Lifetime by Sue Batton Leonard
32. Grace Revealed by Greg Archer
33. Healing After Dark by Morris A. Cohen and Helen Compton
34. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
35. Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story by Ingrid Ricks
36. Hong Konged by Paul Hanstedt
37. Hope's Boy by Andrew Bridge
38. HOSTAGE: Kidnapped on the High Seas by Linda Davies
39. How Do Rumors Get Started by Marcus Thompson
40. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
41. I Am Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson
42. I Am the New Black by Tracy Morgan
43. I Didn’t Ask to Be Born by Bill Cosby
44. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
45. I Shall Not Want by Terri Lyons
46. I'm Down by Mishna Wolff
47. I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones
48. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
49. Just Waiting for the Bell by David Wehmeyer
50. Kicking and Dreaming by Ann and Nancy Wilson
51. Larry Kane's Philadelphia by Larry Kane
52. Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny by Nile Rodgers
53. Life Is So Good by George Dawson, Richard Glaubman
54. Life On the Color Line by Gregory Howard Williams
55. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
56. Maybe You Never Cry Again by Bernie Mac, Pablo F. Fenjves
57. Mayor for Life by Marion Barry
58. Musical Chairs by Jen Knox
59. My Times in Black and White by Gerald M. Boyd, Robin D. Stone
60. NAKED by Julie Freed
61. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
62. Night by Elie Wiesel
63. No Disrespect by Sister Souljah
64. Not the Mother I Remember by Amber Lea Starfire
65. On Call in Hell by Cdr. Richard Jadick
66. One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd
67. Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle by Marc Gonsalves
68. Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom by Janet Louise Hubert
69. Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora by Andrew Lam
70. Pieces from Life's Crazy Quilt by Arnett, Marvin V.
71. Positive by Paige Rawl
72. Project Girl by Janet McDonald
73. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
74. She Got Game by Cynthia Cooper
75. stranger here by jen larsen
76. Sweet Summer by Bebe Moore Campbell
77. TAIMAK, The Last Dragon by Taimak Guarriello
78. The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir by Jennifer Baszile
79. The Black Russian by Vladimir Alexandrov
80. The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel
81. The Color of Water by James McBride
82. The Cost of Hope by Amanda Bennett
83. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
84. The Gifted Ones by Lisa Vaughn
85. The Highest Peak by Kathy Lee Pair
86. The Kitchen Sink Papers: My Life as a Househusband by Mike McGrady
87. The Last Blind Date by Linda Yellin
88. The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem
89. The Life and Laughs of an at Home Mom by Chris Liefer
90. The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw
91. The Second Tour by Terry P. Rizzuti
92. The Wrong Answer Faster by Michael Goodkin
93. Thou Shalt Not Steal by Bill ‘Ready’ Cash and Al Hunter Jr.
94. To the Moon and Timbuktu by Nina Sovich
95. True You by Janet Jackson
96. Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalván
97. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir by E. Lynn Harris
98. When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story by Eva Rutland
99. You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes: A Memoir by Laura Love
100. You Have No Idea by Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams


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