Listing the Most Popular and Highly Rated Top 10 Memoirs of the Year 2012, 2013 - Updated Regularly!
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# 1 Eat, Pray, Love Eat, Pray, Love
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and ...Eat, Pray, Love
# 2 Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
. The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard. . Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education ...Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
# 3 The Glass Castle: A Memoir The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that wou...The Glass Castle: A Memoir
# 4 Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
BONUS: This edition contains a reader's guide.. “It’s an old, old story: I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shared that, too.”.  . So begins this gorgeous memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell, a testament to the power of friendship, a story of how an extraordinary bond between two women can illuminate the loneliest, funniest, hardest moments in life, including the final and ultimate challenge.. They met over their dogs. Both writers, Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp, author of . Drinking: A Love Story. , became best friends, tal...Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
# 5 Sliding Into Home Sliding Into Home
KENDRA BARES ALL.  . Fans of the E! smash hit series . The Girls Next Door . fell in love with sporty Playboy beauty Kendra Wilkinson’s care- free spirit, infectious laugh, and down-to-earth nature. Now that she’s moved out of the world’s most famous bachelor pad and into her own delightfully chaotic world on . Kendra . as wife to NFL star Hank Baskett and mother to their newborn son, we’ve watched her hilarious antics as she adjusts to domestic life. But how much do we really know about the fun-loving star? In this humorous and optimistic, sometimes heartbreaking,...Sliding Into Home
# 6 Night (Oprah's Book Club) Night (Oprah's Book Club)
Night. is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Weisel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in the substantive new preface, Elie Wiesel reflects on the enduring importance of . Night. and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man capacity for inhumanity to man. . Night. offers much more than a litany of ...Night (Oprah's Book Club)
# 7 Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
The long-awaited follow-up to the megabestseller . Kitchen Confidential. In the ten years since his classic . Kitchen Confidential. first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, from Monday fish to the breadbasket conspiracy, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business—and for Anthony Bourdain. . Medium Raw. explores these changes, moving back and forth from the author's bad old days to the present. Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, a...Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
# 8 Committed Committed
At the end of her bestselling memoir . Eat, Pray, Love. , Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both were survivors of previous bad divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which-after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing-gave the couple a choice: they could either ...Committed
# 9 My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand.. You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social r...My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
# 10 Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
THE EAGERLY AWAITED COLLECTION OF PERSONAL ESSAYS FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HORIZONTAL LIFE . . When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power -- vodka. You would too if you found out that your boyfriend was having an affair with a Peekapoo or if you had to pretend to be honeymooning with your father in order to upgrade to first class. Welcome to Chelsea's world -- a place where absurdity reigns supreme and a quick wit is the best line of defense. . In this hilarious, deliciously skewed collection, Chelsea mines her past for stories ab...Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea


Runner Ups

Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity
When a potentially career-ending shoulder injury left quarterback Drew Brees without a team—and facing the daunting task of having to learn to throw a football all over again—coaches around the NFL wondered, . Will he ever come back?. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than 80 percent of the city underwater, many wondered, . Will the city ever come back?. And with their stadium transformed into a makeshift refugee camp, forcing the Saints to play their entire 2005 season on the road, people questioned, . Will the Saints ever come back?. It takes a speci...Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
A . New York Times. Notable Book. A . Time Magazine. “Best Comix of the Year”. A . San Francisco Chronicle . and . Los Angeles Times. Best-seller. Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, . Persepolis. is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child ...Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
A hilarious and moving memoir—in the spirit of Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron—about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis. Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her brilliant husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her with serious injuries. What was a gal to do? Rhoda packed her bags and went home. This wasn’t just any home, though. This was a Mennonite home. While Rhoda had long ventured out on her own spiritu...Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
Spoken from the Heart Spoken from the Heart
In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story. . Born in the boom-and-bust oil town of Midland, Texas, Laura Welch grew up as an only child in a family that lost three babies to miscarriage or infant death. She vividly evokes Midland's brash, rugged culture, her close relationship with her father, and the bonds of early friendships that sustain her to this day. For the first time, in heart-wrenching detail, she writes about the devastating high school car accident that left her friend M...Spoken from the Heart
Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir
The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon . Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he's bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life. . Impoverished, transient childhood? . Check. . . Abusive, alcoholic parent? . Check. . . Mind-fucking religious weirdness (in his case the extremes of the Jehovah's Witnesses and Satanism)? . Check. . . Alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness? . Check, check, check. . . Soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks? . Check. . . Rehab? . Check. (. seventeen times, give or take. ). . Near-death experienc...Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. . . An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.. . A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.. . A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.. . . It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch. . . . Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines...Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together