Memoir is an area of non-fiction that often get lost in Library collections. Memoirs are similar to biographies and autobiographies, but with one significant difference that sets them apart.
A Biography tells the true story of a person’s entire life. Written by someone other than the subject, a biography tells a life story of from birth to death (or the present time) and all the events and facts in the story are verifiable.
An Autobiography is a biography written about the author’s own life. They tell their own story. Just as in a biography all the events and facts are verifiable, and they tell their complete life story – from birth to the current time.
A Memoir is most similar to an autobiography except its about a much smaller segment of time. It tells the story of a specific event, story arc, or time period in the author’s life. This is what makes memoirs so unique. Its the true story story of how a person dealt with an event in their own life, and lived to tell the tale. Memoirs can be found in just about anyplace in the Library’s collection, and on any topic.
We put up a new display of Memoirs on the 2nd floor today. Some of the titles include:
Banished: surviving my years in the Westboro Baptist Church. by Lauren Drain with Lisa Pulitzer.
Dan gets a minivan: life at the intersection of dude and dad by Dan Zevin. Bring on the two kids, overweight pooch, and a wife with a great full time job and Dan morphs into one great stay at home dad.
Escape by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer. How a young woman, raised in an FLDS community, and married as a teenager to a man 32 years her senior eventually gets strong and finds a way out of the FLDS for herself and her 8 children.
A Family in Paris: stories of food, life and adventure by Jane Paech. Stories from the six years this Australian family spent living in Paris.
It sucked and then I cried: how I had a baby, a breakdown, and a much needed margarita by Heather B. Armstrong.
King Peggy: an American secretary, her royal destiny, and the inspiring story of how she changed and African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. How she went from a secretary in DC to King of a fishing village in Africa.
On the outside looking Indian: how my second childhood changed my life by Rupinder Gill. Describes Gill’s descision at the age of 30 to have the childhood she couldn’t growing up in a restrictive, traditional Indian household.
Talking to girls about Duran Duran: one young man’s quest for true love and a cooler haircut by Rob Sheffield. Being a teen ager in the 80’s meant the birth of MTV, John Hughes teen angst movies, and marking every step you took toward adulthood with pop culture references.