Thinking About Your Memoir?

by Kim on December 2, 2008 · 5 comments

If you’re thinking about writing your own memoir, or need some new memoirs to read, Entertainment Weekly has what must be an almost exhaustive list of memoirs written since 1995 (the year the memoir genre seemed to hit it big).

I haven’t struggled thorough the Pillsbury Bake-Off (The Ungarnished Truth by Ellie Mathews) or spent 18 months undercover as a man (Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent).  And apparently there is already a memoir written about being normal (Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal), so it looks like I’ll have to find something else to write about when I finally stop reading memoirs and sit down to pen my own story :)

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Callista December 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm

That’s an awesome list thanks. I’ll be able to add to my TBR list for memoirs!


Kim December 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Callista: Yeah, I was really impressed by it. So many memoirs that sound awesome, so little time to read them…


Rebecca Reid December 3, 2008 at 8:01 pm

This is why I don’t care for memoirs. They are all so completely overblown. Why would I want to read about an ordinary life? I live one! And the Pillsbury Bake-off!

But I’m completely aware that I am the minority at thinking that’s pretty weird reading material!


Kim December 3, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Rebecca Reid: I think memoirs about quirky stuff like the Pillsbury Bake-Off are interesting. I like reading about people doing things that I wouldn’t ever think to do. But, I think there is a temptation for memoirs to be self-indulgent. I don’t know anything about these particular memoirs, but generally speaking I can see why you wouldn’t be interested in reading something like that :)


Steve April 30, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Hi Kim. Funny you should mention the Pillsbury Bake-Off. There’s a new memoir that just hit the market called “Baked-Off!: Memoirs of a Pillsbury Bake-Off Junkie” by … can’t remember the author. Oh yeah, ME! If you find this vaguely interesting, then I invite you to check it out at The book is an award winner. It’s GREAT – trust me. Would love to hear everyone’s opinion. Thanks.


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