Riot Recommendation: What Are Some Excellent Memoirs?

This Riot Recommendation for favorite memoirs is sponsored by Random House, publisher of Tara Westover’s Educated.

Tara Westover was seventeen when she first entered a classroom. Her stunning debut, in the tradition of The Glass Castle, recounts the quest for self-invention that took her from an unschooled childhood with Western survivalists to the halls of Harvard and Cambridge. Educated is the must-read book of 2018, a memoir hailed by Amy Chua, the author of Political Tribes and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, as “breathtaking, heart-wrenching, and inspirational” and by J. D. Vance, the author of Hillbilly Elegy, as a “powerful tale” that “deserves to be widely read.”


I so admire a good memoir. First of all, the author has to have had an interesting experience or two, else they wouldn’t have memoir material. But they also must possess a talent for shaping that experience into a meaningful story, told in captivating prose. Think back to the last time you finished a memoir that you just had to tell everyone about, and tell US in the comments! We’ll be back with the crowdsourced list for Riot readers to follow up on.

Book Riot is sponsored by Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony. Full of humor, emotion and surprises at every turn, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a remarkable  story of a family falling to pieces—and the unexpected way they put it all back together. Go here to learn more, or just click the image below:
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