200 Memoirs/Non-Fiction I Want to Read

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  1. Educated by Tara Westover
  2. Dry by Augusten Burroughs
  3. A Wolf at My Table by Augusten Burroughs
  4. You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs
  5. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnston
  6. Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums
  7. She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  8. Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  9. Marley and Me by John Grogan
  10. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  11. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  12. Naked by David Sedaris
  13. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  14. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
  15. Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres
  16. Sorted by Jackson Bird
  17. Swish by Joel Derfner
  18. Tango by Justin Vivian Bond
  19. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
  20. Lakota Woman by Mary Bird Dog
  21. Blue on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
  22. Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison
  23. Switched On by John Elder Robison
  24. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
  25. The Secret of Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel
  26. How to Be Ace by Rebecca Burgess
  27. Weird Me: Growing Up Online With ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic by Kelly Phillips
  28. Passing for Normal by Amy S. Wilensky
  29. Nowhere Near Normal by Traci Foust
  30. Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig
  31. Girl in Need of a Tourniquet by Merri Lisa Johnson
  32. Loud in the House of Myself by Stacy Pershall
  33. Like Crazy by Dan Mathews
  34. The Camera My Mother Gave Me by Susanna Kaysen
  35. All the Rage: A Quest by Martin Moran
  36. Odd Girl Out by Laura James
  37. The Electricity of Every Living Thing by Katherine May
  38. The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
  39. How I Shed My Skin by Jim Grimsley
  40. Somebody Somewhere by Donna Williams
  41. Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz
  42. Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes Carter
  43. Three More Words by Ashley Rhodes Carter
  44. The Burn Journals by Brent Runyan
  45. The Memoirs of a Beautiful Girl by Robert Leleux
  46. Know My Name by Chanel Miller
  47. The Girl by Samantha Geimer
  48. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  49. The Fact of a Body by Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich
  50. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  51. Smashed by Karin Zailkis
  52. Loose Girl by Kerry Cohen
  53. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  54. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  55. This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
  56. My Dog Skip by Willie Morris (READ)
  57. Songs of the Gorilla Nation by Dawn Prince-Hughes
  58. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  59. Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
  60. Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  61. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
  62. Riding the Bus With My Sister by Rachel Simon
  63. Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan
  64. The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
  65. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  66. Saving Sammy by Beth Alison Maloney
  67. Firebird by Mark Doty
  68. Dog Years by Mark Doty
  69. Marbles by Ellen Forney
  70. Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge
  71. Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
  72. Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
  73. Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson
  74. Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodi Blanco
  75. Angelhead by Greg Bottoms
  76. As Nature Made Him by John Colapinto
  77. Genie: A Scientific Tragedy by Russ Rymer
  78. A Perfect Union of Contrary Things by Maynard James Keenan
  79. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Chrystal Zevon
  80. America’s Boy by Wade Rouse
  81. Dark at the Roots by Sarah Thyre
  82. The Kid by Dan Savage
  83. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Jeanette Winterson
  84. Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? By Dan Bucatinski
  85. Mikey and Me by Teresa Sullivan
  86. Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
  87. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
  88. Someone Could Get Hurt by Drew Magary
  89. Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan
  90. Maid by Stephanie Land
  91. Too Late to Die Young by Harriet McBryde Johnson
  92. Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse by Shane Burcaw
  93. Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
  94. Stolen Child by Laurie Gough
  95. You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers
  96. Circles Around the Sun by Molly McCloskey
  97. North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person
  98. The Music Room by William Fiennes
  99. Electroboy by Andy Behrman
  100. My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel
  101. Wasted by Marya Hornbacher
  102. Driving With Dead People by Monica Holloway
  103. One Bird’s Choice by Iain Reid
  104. The Truth About Luck by Iain Reid
  105. Obsessed by Allison Britz
  106. Darling Days by iO Tillett Wright
  107. Bad Kid by David Crabb
  108. Invisible by Hughes de Montalambert (READ)
  109. My Life in Orange by Tim Guest
  110. Cartwheels in a Sari by Jayanti Tamm
  111. Dating Jesus by Susan Campbell
  112. I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed by Kyria Abrahams
  113. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
  114. Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbachar
  115. Mormon Boy by Warren Driggs
  116. Letter to Louis by Alison White
  117. The Gender Games by Juno Dawson
  118. Secret Girl by Molly Bruce Jacobs
  119. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  120. Motherland by Melissa Altman
  121. Bettyville by George Hodgman
  122. Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by Anna Mehler Paperny
  123. Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell
  124. My Left Foot by Christy Brown
  125. 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  126. Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi
  127. Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
  128. Through the Door of Life by Joy Ladin
  129. Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son by Kevin Jennings
  130. XOXY by Kimberly Zeiselman
  131. Mama’s Boy by Dustin Lance Black
  132. My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz
  133. Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
  134. Darkness Visible by William Styron
  135. The Short Bus by Jonathan Mooney
  136. Body, Remember by Kenny Fries
  137. Raising Ourselves by Velma Wallis
  138. Like Falling Through a Cloud by Eugenia Zukerman
  139. The Boy in the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
  140. What We Will Become by Mimi Lemay
  141. Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz
  142. Sweet Tooth by Tim Anderson
  143. Pee-Shy by Frank Spinelli
  144. Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper
  145. Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby
  146. Advice I Ignored by Ruby Walker
  147. That’s Mental by Amanda Rosenberg
  148. Maggie and Me by Damian Barr
  149. Strange Boy by Paul Magrs
  150. Can You Ever Forgive Me? By Lee Isreal
  151. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
  152. A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein
  153. How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
  154. Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon
  155. Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews
  156. Sickened by Julie Gregory
  157. The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
  158. I’m Down by Mishna Wolff
  159. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
  160. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  161. From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty
  162. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  163. Sounds Like Home by Mary Herring Wright
  164. No One’s Perfect by Hirotada Ototake
  165. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  166. Raped Black Male by Kenneth Rogers Jr.
  167. Committed by Paolina Milana
  168. The Boy Who Talked to Dogs by Martin McKenna
  169. The S Word by Paolina Milana
  170. Men I’ve Never Been by Michael Sadowski
  171. Films of Endearment by Michael Koresky
  172. Autism in Heels by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
  173. Little Panic by Amanda Stern
  174. Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir by Bishakh Som
  175. In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
  176. Dress Codes by Noelle Howey
  177. Good Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner
  178. Another Kind of Madness by Stephen P. Hinshaw
  179. On Edge by Andrea Peterson
  180. My Lie by Meredith Maran
  181. I Was a Child by Bruce Eric Kaplan (READ)
  182. Hiding Out by Tina Alexis Allen
  183. I Have Buried Under Years of Dust by Valerie Gilpeer & Emily Grodin
  184. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
  185. Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin
  186. Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin
  187. The Last Children of Mill Creek by Vivian Gibson
  188. I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom
  189. My Vanishing Countries by Bakari Sellers
  190. White on Black by Ruben Gallago
  191. Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  192. I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder by Sarah Kurchak
  193. But You Don’t Look Autistic at All by Bianca Toeps (READ)
  194. Once a Girl, Always a Boy by Jo Ivester
  195. My Life in Transition by Julia Kaye
  196. The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes
  197. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
  198. Confess by Rob Halford
  199. Atypical by Jesse A. Saperstein
  200. The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper

2 in 1 Review: Silver Screen Fiend & Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

Silver Screen Fiend | EW.com

Title: Silver Screen Fiend- Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film

Author: Patton Oswalt

Genre: Humorous Non-Fiction

Number of Pages: 230

Rating: B+

Recommended?: Yes

I myself am a movie buff who has been watched fewer films over the last couple of years, but I’m not exactly ashamed to admit that I’m no Patton Oswalt. In this darkly humorous memoir, he tells the story of how his all-consuming love of film took over his life and sabotaged his relationships. I’m familiar with Patton Oswalt’s body of work (this is probably the closest I’ve ever come to reading a celebrity memoir) and I enjoyed his trademark dry sense of humor and how he doesn’t dress up some of the more unflattering things about himself. This book is simultaneously a love letter to cinema and a story of how the author managed to maintain his avid cinephilia but gradually found a life to go along with it.

Notes on the Long Intermission – The Syncopated Times

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

Title: Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Author: Patton Oswalt

Genre: Humorous Non-Fiction

Number of Pages: 191

Rating: B-

Recommended?: Yes

I read these two books roughly around the same time (I’m already getting parts of them confused with each other) and while I enjoyed them both, Silver Screen Fiend is by far the better read. While Silver Screen Fiend was more of a straightforward memoir, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is a odd assortment of personal stories and anecdotes, almost like a sketch variety show. Some of these chapters work and some of them don’t. Patton Oswalt again invoked an endearing combination of pathos and sarcasm, but there were a few chapters in this book that seemed like failed ideas for unfunny sketches that for one reason or another he couldn’t let go of.