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Top Ten Memoirs I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read
1. Journey into the Whirlwind by Evgenia Ginzburg: A loyal Communist Party member in the late 1930s, Evegina was arrested on false charges and spent 18 years in Stalin labor camps, two of them in solitary confinement.
2. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang: Chang tells the story of her grandmother, a war lord’s concubine, her mother, a member of the Communist elite during the Cultural Revolution, and herself.
3. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor: The first in a trilogy, A Time of Gifts is a narration of the first part of a journey the author took as an 18-year-old in 1933, walking from Holland to Constantinople.
4. Tomorrow to Be Brave by Susan Travers: Susan Travers is the only woman to ever serve in the French Foreign Legion; the book takes us from her childhood in England, to her work in North Africa during World War II.
5. Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg: Myron Uhlberg recounts his childhood of being the hearing of son of death parents in 1940s Brooklyn.
6. Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan: An attorney on Capital Hill, Jourdan returns home to the mountains of Tennessee when her mother has a heart attack and agrees to fill in as her father’s receptionist at his small private practice while her mother recovers.
7. Gweilo by Martin Booth: Booth writes of his childhood growing up in 1950s Hong Kong to American parents.
8. Swimming with Orca by Ingrid Visser: Visser relates her work experiences and the personal transformation she undergoes while studying wild orca.
9. The Parrot Who Owns Me by Joanna Burger: An ornithologist, Burger adopts a 30-year-old parrot named Tiko and embarks on a strange but ultimately rewarding relationship.
10. Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong: Armstrong recounts growing up on her grandparents’ Iowa farm during the Great Depression.