Memoir, a letter to...

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary memoir is "a narrative composed from personal experience or an account of something noteworthy".  Memoir comes in a variety of ways. There is the memoir as story or essay as in "The Book of Delights" by Ross Gay, memoir as fiction as in "Motherhood" by Sheila Heti, fiction as memoir where the story reaches so deep into you that it can only be true as is the case with Ocean Vuong's "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous". Perhaps the only way to tell your story is to tell it as fiction as in Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried".

Many are memoirs as letters. Who are these letters written to? There is letter to a child, a parent, a partner, to a close friend, for someone we've lost, a letter for healing, to the world, to the reader, the one they wished they had received, the letter to a former version of the author's self, or a version they have yet to become....

Here is a list of many of these different letters to read and take in. Experience, to witness, and appreciate.

by Julia

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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781947793385
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Published: Tin House Books - January 7th, 2020

A History of My Brief Body Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781937512934
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - July 14th, 2020

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Travel Light, Move Fast Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101979815
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Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2020

The Argonauts Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091603
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2019

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Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385347150
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Published: Broadway Books - April 19th, 2016

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436058
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2019

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316270748
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 12th, 2019

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133575
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Published: Penguin Books - March 17th, 2020

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525433910
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

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Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101972410
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Published: Vintage - December 3rd, 2019

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Fairest: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525561309
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Published: Viking - May 26th, 2020

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

The Apology Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781635574388
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 14th, 2019

Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593083338
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Published: Viking - March 10th, 2020