Avid memoir-readers agree, sometimes the most surprising stories are the ones that are true! If you're looking to immerse yourself in a moving book, you should check out one of these titles. They're all sure to delight, inspire, and instruct.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Didion's harrowing recollection of grief chronicles the year following her husband's sudden death from a heart attack. Written in stark, beautiful prose, Didion won a Pulitzer Prize for this unflinching portrait of her own bereavement.
Naked by David Sedaris
David Sedaris's collection of autobiographical essays is a hilarious. His comical, yet loving look at various events of his life is told in a voice unlike any other. Sedaris celebrates his own catastrophic detours, inviting his readers to smile and laugh at his past misadventures.
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
For two years in Iran, Azar Nafisi brought a group of female students together to read and discuss forbidden classics of Western literature. An extraordinary tale of standing up against censorship and tyranny, Nafisi's memoir is a beautiful story told with passion and courage.
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain's incredible recollections from more than two decades in the culinary world is both funny and shocking. This sometimes gritty, honest book looks at some crazy characters at work in the world of fine dining, Bourdain has a lot of kitchen tales to share, and they're all fascinating.