Funny Family Memoirs: A Reading List

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

dad is fatThis round of Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Biographile.

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We asked Riot readers to share their favorite side-splitting family memoirs. Who knew there were so many people writing about their freakishly funny families? Take a look:

Sharp Knives, Boiling Oil; My Year of Dangerous Cooking with 4 Year Olds by Kim Foster

One Bird’s Choice by Iain Reid

My Family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Oh the Glory of it All by Sean Wilsey

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden by William Alexander

Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster

Naked and Me Talk Pretty Some Day by David Sedaris

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

Bossypants by Tina Fey

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall

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