We love memoirs here at For Reading Addicts. Memoirs are the perfect bridge between novel and biography, factual but not dry, full of truths but written like a story.
As we approach the end of the year, and double whammy, the end of the decade, today we’re looking back at the memoirs of the decade. The ten memoirs that we think are the best in their genre, in the last ten years.
We’re sure you’ll have your own ideas, so feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.
H is for Hawk – Helen McDonald
H is for Hawk was a NY Times Book Review book of the year in 2016 and was included on at least 25 must read lists. Helen Macdonald’s story of adopting and raising one of nature’s most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide, and has made it onto our best of the decade list.
Just Kids – Patti Smith
Winner of the 2011 National Book Award, Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists’ ascent, a prelude to fame.
Ordinary Light – Tracey K. Smith
The dazzling memoir from U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, author of Wade in the Water and Life on Mars. Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, and Oprah.com.
Negroland – Margo Jefferson
Negroland won a raft of awards in 2015. This memoir is incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac—here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author’s rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.