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Personal Narratives:
Recent Autobiographies, Memoirs and Diaries
Booklists for Adults 

Bandele, Asha. THE PRISONER’S WIFE: A MEMOIR. Poet Bandele went to prison to read poetry and met her future husband Rashid, serving 20-to-life for murder. PS3552.A47527 Z47 1999

Bernhardt, Sarah. MY DOUBLE LIFE: THE MEMOIRS OF SARAH BERNHARDT. Bernhardt was an actress. PN2638.B5 A3 1999

Bierce, Ambrose. A SOLE SURVIVOR: BITS OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY. PS1097.Z5 A3 1998

Breytenbach, Breyten. DOG HEART: A MEMOIR. South African poet and novelist returns to his homeland from France where he has lived since being released from prison in 1982.  He has been sentenced as a member of the antiapartheid African National Congress. PT6592.12.R4 Z465 1999

Browse, Lillian. DUCHESS OF CORK STREET: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ART DEALER. N8660.B74 A3 1999

Burgett, Donald R. SEVEN ROADS TO HELL: A SCREAMING EAGLE AT BASTOGNE. Combat memoir by a WWII paratrooper of the elite 101st Airborne Division. D756.5.A7 B87 1999

Carr, Rosamund H. LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS: MY LIFE IN RWANDA. Carr was a European woman plantation owner of the past century. DT450.427 C37A3 1999

Chen, De. COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN. Life in a remote village in China in the 1960s and ’70s. DS778.C5236 A3 1999

Clooney, Rosemary. GIRL SINGER: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. ML420.C58 A3 1999

Cournos, Francine. CITY OF ONE: A MEMOIR. Cournos grew up orphaned. RC438.6.C68 A3 1999

Cozza, Carm. TRUE BLUE: THE CARM COZZA STORY. Autobiography of a college football coach. GV939.C68 A3 1999

Davis, Eric. BORN TO PLAY: THE ERIC DAVIS STORY. Davis, a baseball player, had to deal with cancer. GV865.D297 A3 1999

De Klerk, F.W. THE LAST TREK &endash; A NEW BEGINNING: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY. DT1949.D45 D47 1999

DeRosier, Linda S. CREEKER: A WOMAN’S JOURNEY. A memoir of growing up in, and then living outside of, eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains. CT275.D3664 A3 1999

Douglas, Mike. I’LL BE RIGHT BACK: MEMORIES OF TV’S GREATEST TALK SHOW. PN1992.77.M55 D68 2000

Eliot, George. THE JOURNALS OF GEORGE ELIOT. This is Eliot’s only autobiographical work. PR4681 .A35 1998

Farrell, Eileen. CAN’T HELP SINGING: THE LIFE OF EILEEN FARRELL. Farrell combined opera and pop in her controversial repertoire. ML420.F275 A3 1999

Fisher, Eddie. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. ML420.F513 A3 1999

Foley, Mick. HAVE A NICE DAY! Autobiography of a professional wrestler. GV1196.F65 A3 1999

Ford, Emma. FLEDGLING DAYS: MEMOIR OF A FALCONER. SK321. F68 1999

Frankel, Max. THE TIMES OF MY LIFE AND MY LIFE WITH THE TIMES. Memoir of the retired executive editor of the New York Times. PN4874.F615 T56 1999

Franklin, Aretha. ARETHA: FROM THESE ROOTS. ML420.F778 A3 1999

Fry, Stephen. MOAB IS MY WASHPOT: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Story of the early life of the British novelist, and television and movie performer. PR6056.R88 Z47 1999

Fussell, Betty. MY KITCHEN WARS. The story of cookbook author Fussell’s escape from the role of servile faculty wife.  TX649.F87 F87 1999

Gedda, Nicolai. NICOLAI GEDDA: MY LIFE & ART. Recollections of the opera singer as told to his wife, Aino. ML420.G32 A3 1999

Glenn, John. JOHN GLENN: A MEMOIR. E840.8.G54 A3 1999

Grattan, John W. UNDER THE BLUE PENNANT. Grattan, a staff officer in the Union Navy, witnessed some of the most significant naval operations of the Civil War. E600 .G73 1999

Greeley, Andrew. FURTHERMORE: MEMORIES OF A PARISH PRIEST. BX4705.G6185 A3 1999

Hasselstrom, Linda. FEELS LIKE FAR: A RANCHER’S LIFE ON THE GREAT PLAINS. Hasselstrom is a writer (Leaning into the Winds, etc.). F656.4 .H37 1999

Hickam, Homer H. OCTOBER SKY: A MEMOIR. The author and his friends created a series of rockets in high school and won the 1960 National Science Fair Award. TL789.85.H53 A3 1999

Hinojosa, Maria. RAISING RAUL: ADVENTURES RAISING MYSELF AND MY SON. CNN correspondent Hinojosa struggles with career, marriage, and motherhood. HQ759 .H667 1999

Kanafani, Fay A. NADIA, CAPTIVE OF HOPE: MEMOIR OF AN ARAB WOMAN. Nadia was born in Beirut in 1918. E184.A65 K36 1999

Karesh, William B. APPOINTMENT AT THE ENDS OF THE WORLD: MEMOIRS OF A WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN. SF996.36.K27 A3 1999

Karla, Jay. TALES OF THE LAVENDER MENACE: A MEMOIR OF LIBERATION. A memoir of a professor of English at Pace University and her years as a radical lesbian activist from 1968 to 1972. HQ75.4.J38 A3 1999

Kernan, Alvin B. IN PLATO’S CAVE. An educator’s experiences since the 1940s at some of the world’s great universities as he ascended from student to professor to administrator.  LA227.4 .K468 1999

Kiyonaga, Bina C. MY SPY: MEMOIR OF A CIA WIFE. U271.U5 K57 2000

Klaus, Carl H. TAKING RETIREMENT: A BEGINNER’S DIARY. Klaus taught journal writing at the University of Iowa. HQ1064.U6 I6487 1999

Klemperer, Victor. I WILL BEAR WITNESS. This Jewish-born professor managed to survive in Dresden, Germany, during WWII. A 2-volume work. PC2064.K5 A3 1998

Korda, Michael. ANOTHER LIFE: A MEMOIR OF OTHER PEOPLE. This memoir by the editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster is also a survey of the past 40 years of American publishing.  PS3561.O6566 Z464 1999

Lamott, Anne. TRAVELING MERCIES: SOME THOUGHTS ON FAITH. Novelist Lamott's experiences with God. PS3562.A4645 Z47 1999

Lewis, John. WALKING WITH THE WIND: A MEMOIR OF THE MOVEMENT. Representative Lewis (D-GA) was active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. E840.8.L43 A3 1998

Limon, Jose. JOSE LIMON: AN UNFINISHED MEMOIR. Limon is a modern dance pioneer and founded his own dance company. GV1785.L515 A3 1999

Ludwig, Christa. IN MY OWN VOICE: MEMOIRS. Autobiography of the opera singer. ML420.L932 A3 1999

MacDonald, Michael P. ALL SOULS: A FAMILY STORY FROM SOUTHIE. MacDonald grew up in the 1970s in the working-class Irish community of South Boston. F73.68.S7 M33 1999

MacNeill, Mary. THE WIDOW DOWN BY THE BROOK: A MEMOIR OF A TIME GONE BY. MacNeill renovated a barn and lived alone. F104.C2 M33 1999

Mahler, Alma. DIARIES, 1898-1902. Gustav Mahler's wife wrote these diaries as she grew from adolescence into womanhood. DB844.M34 A3 1999

Majozo, Estella C. COME OUT THE WILDERNESS: THE MEMOIR OF A BLACK WOMAN ARTIST. PS3563.A29827 Z465 1999

Mar, M. Elaine. PAPER DAUGHTER: A MEMOIR. A Chinese immigrant’s path from the tenements of Hong Kong to the halls of Harvard. E184.C5 M17 1999

Marks, Leo. BETWEEN SILK AND CYANIDE: A CODEMAKER'S WAR, 1941-1945. Memoir of Great Britain's cryptographic war against the Germans by code-breaker (and maker) Marks. D810.C88 M375 1999

Mason, Bobbie A. CLEAR SPRINGS: A MEMOIR. The bestselling author of In Country revisits her old Kentucky home. PS3563.A7877 Z77 1999

McCullers, Carson. ILLUMINATION AND NIGHT GLARE: THE UNFINISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS. PS3525.A1772 Z74 1999

McDonald, Brian. MY FATHER’S GUN: ONE FAMILY, THREE BADGES, ONE HUNDRED YEARS IN THE NYPD. Story of a police family. HV7911.A1 M33 1999

Michaels, Lisa. SPLIT: A COUNTERCULTURE CHILDHOOD. Michaels is a poet and essayist. CT275.M51315 A3 1999

Miller, Grace P. CALL OF DUTY: A MONTANA GIRL IN WORLD WAR II. Miller was a WAC (Women’s Army Corps) enlistee who worked as a cryptographer in London and Belgium. D769.39 .M55 1999

Nicol, John. THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF JOHN NICOL, MARINER. Remembrances of an 18th century cooper and candlemaker who was intimate with the below-decks world of slaves, convicts, and Chinese barbers. G530 .N6 1999

Palmer, Arnold. A GOLFER’S LIFE. GV964.P3 A3 1999

Parker, Chan. MY LIFE IN E-FLAT. The author was married to Charlie Parker, the jazz saxophonist.  GV1785.P27713 A3 1999

Peltier, Leonard. PRISON WRITINGS: MY LIFE IS MY SUNDANCE. Peltier is a Sioux Indian who has been in federal prison since 1977. E99.03 .P45 1999

Petroni, Guglielmo. THE WORLD IS A PRISON. Petroni, a writer, journalist, and poet in Florence and Rome during the fascist dictatorship, was imprisoned, and later joined the Resistance. D805.I8 P48 1999

Roiphe, Anne. 1185 PARK AVENUE: A MEMOIR. Roiphe, a writer, recalls her affluent girlhood in New York City. PS3568.O53 Z463 1999

Said, Edward W. OUT OF PLACE: A MEMOIR. Said is a cultural critic (The Politics of Dispossession, etc.), and grew up in Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon. E184.P35 S25 1999

Santos, John P. PLACES LEFT UNFINISHED AT THE TIME OF CREATION. Memoir of Mexican-American life by a journalist and television documentary producer. F394.S2119 M5175 1999

Seitz, Raymond. OVER HERE. Seitz was appointed American ambassador to London in 1991 - the first career diplomat to be so honored. E840.8.S45 S45 1998

Seton, Nora J. THE KITCHEN CONGREGATION. The daughter of novelist Cynthia Seton reflects on life lessons she learned in her mother's kitchen. PS3569.E8 Z87 2000

Shankar, Ravi. RAGA MALA: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RAVI SHANKAR. ML419.S49 R35 1999

Sheridan, Peter. 44, DUBLIN MADE ME: A MEMOIR. The author’s boyhood in 1960s Dublin where he became interested in acting. PR6069.H4575 Z4614 1999

Simmons, Richard. STILL HUNGRY &endash; AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: MY STORY. PN1992.4.S576 A3 1999

Smith, Dennis. A SONG FOR MARY: AN IRISH-AMERICAN MEMORY. Smith's tempestuous 1950s boyhood in an Irish-Italian neighborhood of New York City. PS3569.M523 Z47 1999

Snodgrass, W.D. AFTER-IMAGES: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Snodgrass won the Pulitzer Prize for the poetry collection Heart’s Needle. PS3537.N32 Z462 1999

Stern, Isaac. MY FIRST 79 YEARS. Autobiography of the violinist. ML418.S75 A3 1999

Thomas, Helen. FRONT ROW AT THE WHITE HOUSE: MY LIFE AND TIMES. PN4874.T424 A3 1999

Timberlake, Bob. PARTIAL TO HOME: A MEMOIR OF THE HEART. This former gas company employee taught himself watercolor painting. ND237.T556 A2 2000

Tvedten, Benet. VIEW FROM A MONASTERY. Musings on four decades of monastic life by a resident of Blue Cloud Abbey in South Dakota. BX2435 .T945 1999

Tyng, Charles. BEFORE THE WIND: THE MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN SEA CAPTAIN, 1808-1833. VK140.T93 A3 1999

Velmans-Van Hessen, Edith. EDITH’S STORY. The author went into hiding in the same city and during the same month as Anne Frank. DS135.N6 V4613 1999

Wallace, Catherine M. DANCE LESSONS: MOVING TO THE RHYTHM OF A CRAZY GOD. Wallace reflects on her role as a working mother and her relationship with a witty and persistent God. BX4705.W2554 A3 1999

Whittaker, Jim. A LIFE ON THE EDGE: MEMOIRS OF EVEREST AND BEYOND. Whittaker climbed Mount Everest in 1963. GV199.92.W464 A3 1999

Wicker, Christine. GOD KNOWS MY HEART. A journalist's return to faith on her own terms. BR1725.W444 A3 1999

Williams, Esther. THE MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. PN2287.W472 A3 1999

Young, Freddie. SEVENTY LIGHT YEARS. Young is a British cinematographer. PN1998.3.Y65 Y68 1999

Compiled by Anne Chu, General Library, Adult Readers and Information Services, Boston Public Library, 2000.