For awhile now I’ve really been into memoirs. I haven’t quite figured the nuance between an autobiography and a memoir, but there seems a difference. I prefer the later. I’ve read some that have moved me to tears while I laughed until my sides split from others. Some had me doing both at the same time. Anyway, here’s a bit of primer on memoirs worth checking out. I can’t promise that you’ll love or even like them. But they meant something to me for different reasons. So here we go in no particular order:
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers :: After reading this book, I wanted to sit down and have a beer with the guy. Each story folded into the next with brilliance to create one great storyline of a few years in the life of Dave. Oh, and be sure to read all of the footnotes – they are worth the time.
Girl Meets God – Lauren Winner :: I appreciated her honesty. Her candor was refreshing as I listened to her struggle with coming to Jesus. The book also made me realize again why I follow Jesus. By the way, if you ever get a chance to listen to her speak, take it. (Check out her sermon on the book of Esther on the Mars Hill Bible Church podcast on itunes.)
Swimming With Scapulars – Matthew Lickona :: I picked up this book because of the cover. I was drawn to the simple image. And really because of that I had to find out what a Scapular was. I’m not giving it away. However, I will say this. Matt’s story helped me realize how much I need to be working on my faith practice.
Born Standing Up – Steve Martin :: I’m a huge Steve Martin fan from his SNL work to Shop Girl to The Pleasure of My Own Company. He’s a brilliant man with a great ability to capture a story on the page or on the screen. This book is a fascinating introspection about his life as a stand up comedian, honing his craft to becoming a household name. I realized that I don’t work hard enough at my work. It was a nice kick in the pants to starting honing my own craft and becoming the best creative director I can be.
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt :: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book is a primer in the art of the memoir. It is as endearing as it is tragically hopeful with just the right amount of humor. Though I wasn’t a fan of his next memoir ’tis, this one is well worth your time.
So enjoy… and if you have any others you think that I might need to read, send them on…