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The Best Memoirs You’ve Never Heard of

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But what about the rest of the world of travel memoirs, grief memoirs, mental health memoirs?

These memoirs you’ve never heard of have 1,000 or fewer ratings on Goodreads, which is not a

Most were published by small presses, and they deserve all the praise in the world

Tour the world through these stories and the variety of voices that tell them

While she was laid up, she read endlessly and got stuck on this line from Death in

” She decided that she would walk again (despite her doctor’s suspicions), and she would go to

All the Way to the Tigers is her stunning travel memoir that came out of that healing

Carl spent his first 50 years living as a girl and queer woman before realizing he was not

This gorgeous memoir will blow you away with its honesty about society, bodies, and gender

Leslie Gray Streeter finally met her person when she was in her late 30s

They had spent a handful of years together, moving in and getting married and adopting their son,

Carry is a powerful memoir about living as an Indigenous woman in America, told through the lens

But now the guns are pointed at her, people like her, and people who live on neighboring

At 40, Myriam Steinberg realized she was done waiting to be a mother

She suffered multiple miscarriages and struggled to decide whether going the route of sperm donor or medical

When Paolina Milana gets the chance to go to an out-of-state school, escaping the rampant mental illness

When her father dies suddenly, she heads back home to care for her schizophrenic mother

Committed is a memoir about resilience in the name of familial mental illness

Alysia Sawchyn was disanosed with bipolar I when she was 18, but found out seven years later that

It’s funny and smart and full of medical and mental health references from history, literature, art,

Headstrong is the story of her healing and what it’s like to live in fear of

The Heart and Other Monsters is a moving memoir about the opioid crisis

Rose Andersen’s younger sister became addicted to heroin and died of an overdose at 24

She goes on a heartwrenching emotional journey trying to piece together her sister’s final days while

High-Risk Homosexual — the title comes from a diagnosis he received from an actual doctor — is a delightfully

Khalida Brohi grew up in a world where arranged marriage was the norm; her parents were married

Khalida was on a unique path toward empowerment when the unexpected happened: her cousin was murdered in

Sara Faith Alterman grew up in a house where sex was never discussed and bad words were

Decades later, her father began acting strange, lost his job, and decided to revive his writing career

As her father sinks into the tidal waves of Alzheimer’s, Alterman struggles to navigate the waters

Let’s Never Talk About This Again is a funny and weird and sad memoir about a

But when her Gram dies, Theresa is again stuck with her destructive Ojibwe mother and white stepfather,

Gabriela Wiener is thrilled when she finds herself pregnant at 30, because it gives her a giant new

The Peruvian essayist dives into all the information and misinformation surrounding pregnancy, and all the things no

Packed with humor and truth, Nine Moons turns the classic idea of pregnancy upside down

Brett takes a hammer to the taboo, telling her story with snark and candor in PMSL

Now, in The Rumi Prescription, she’s sharing her journey to recovery aided by the poems of

She translated his works, focusing on isolation, distraction, depression, fear, and the most important: love

Zoe Zolbrod didn’t tell anyone about her childhood molestation for nearly a decade

The Telling tells her truth and also goes a step further, detailing research that encourages sexual abuse

The Party’s Dead is the kind of travel memoir that will likely change the way you

Kelly always had a hunch that her family life wasn’t normal

Most kids don’t live with their grandparents or sleep on a boat in the marina, surrounded

We Are All Shipwrecks is a moving memoir about family and history and how we all fit

The guru preached that children were the problem in society and encouraged his followers to get sterilized

Luckily, her father came to rescue Ronit and her younger sister, settling in New Jersey

But being the elder daughter came with a price: She filled the role of partner and confidant

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