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Elegant, gorgeous memoirs
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Speak Memory, Vladimir Nabokov, perhaps the most elegant memoir ever written"
Wandering Between Two Worlds: Essays on Faith and Art
"Wandering between Two Worlds by Anita Mathias, an elegant and diverse memoir of a rebellious Indian childhood, culminating in a conversion, and entering Mother Teresa's convent as a nun."
Memories Of A Catholic Girlhood (Vintage Classics)
"Memories of a Catholic childhood, Mary McCarthy, Creatively written, as gripping a read as the best fiction"
The Seven Storey Mountain
"Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton. What a life! And how well told!"
Meatless Days (Cloth)
"Meatless Days, Sara Suleri, Rich highly-charged Shakespearean rhetoric"
Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Out of Africa by Isak Dinesan. Her prose has that particular twist of second language writers. Both prose and book are gorgeous."
My Grandmothers and I
"My Grandmothers and I, Diana Holman-Hunt. This sprightly, totally hilarious memoir reads like a novel. Well-written, sensitive, funny and delightful."
This Boy's Life (Bloomsbury Paperbacks)
"This Boy's Life, Tobias Wolff. A searing and artistic memoir"
Surprised by Joy
"Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis. Honest, elegant. One can be a Christian, and a rigourously honest thinker at the same time-- of course!"
My Life: A Guided Tour : the Autobiography of Kenneth N. Taylor
"My LIfe: A Guided Tour. The translator of the Living Bible, and brilliant Christian businessman's very honest memoir"
The Confessions of St.Augustine
"Confessions, St. Augustine, One of the earliest memoirs, reads as lucidly and rapidly as a detective novel"
Praeterita (Everyman's Library Classics)
"Praeterita, Weird, wild, wonderful, and TRUE. A life lived with intensity and passion. Ruskin redefines the word genius!"
Frost In May (VMC)
"Frost in May, Antonia White. Another novel which reads like a memoir, and prob. is autobiographical. Beautifully written."
Out of Egypt: A Memoir
"Out of Eygypt, Andre Aciman. Aciman's startling arresting style makes this story memorable"
ALL THE STRANGE HOURS
"All the Strange Hours, An Excation of a Life, Loren Eisely. A fascinating, unusual, elegaic mournful and beautiful memoir. One of my favs."
Baker Russell : Good Times (Plume)
"The Good Tinmes, Russell Baker. A memorable account of tortuous family relationships, as well as the American dream fleshed our and fully realized."
Messages from My Father
"Messages from my Father, Calvin Trillin. His elegant lucid style gives another version of a Jewish boy acheiving the American dream--or a writerly version of it."
A Walker in the City (Harvest Book)
"Walker in the City by Alfred Kazin. A sensuous, detailed packed memoir of the achievement of literary ambition by a Jewish boy from Brooklyn."
Janet Frame: Complete Autobiography
"Autobiography. Janet Frame. Searingly honest, with no masks, and rising to poetry in not infrequent patches. The life of a woman whose writing was her only joy and salvation."
Cab at the Door: AND Midnight Oil (Modern Library)
"A very vivid and memorable memoir. He describes the marriage of his self-indulgent, bigamist father, who had a secret mistress & 2nd fly & long-suffering mother, as the marriage of the rich and poor."
Father and Son (Oxford World's Classics)
"Father and Son, Edmund Gosse. The father's scientist head thrilled at Darwin, but he followed his heart, and refuted him, to his loyal, loving artist son's disappointment"
An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
"The Story of my Experiments with Truth. An honest life of a sensitive, iron-willed, gentle lovely soul. A brilliant person and a non-Christian "Christian" anima naturalatis Christianitas."
An American Childhood (Picador Books)
"An American Childhood. Annie Dillard. I love this book. Simple structure. A rich life lived in books, unpretentiously described."
"A Romantic Education, Patricia Hampl. Her gift of describing the ordinary makes you want to write. A book one must pay homage too."
The Road From Coorain
"The Road from Coorain, An account of a flinty determination to reinvent oneself. An account of ambition satisfied"
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