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    does anyone have any sugestions pretty pretty please?

    i have currently been looking into books that are in the psychological memoir genre, and i was wondering if anyone could suggest some really excellent ones?

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    I liked The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Children raised in family of poor transient alcoholic narcissistic but also highly original parents. Also Mary Karr's work: The Liar's Club and Cherry.

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    I love psychological-type memoirs. Here are a few of my favorites with a very brief description:

    "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey
    (A riveting account of recovery from drug addiction)

    "Fat Girl" by Judith Moore
    (The cruelty faced when growing up fat)

    "Autobiography of a face" by Lucy Grealy
    (excellently written account of author's battle with cancer that changed her face)

    "Name all the Animals" by Alison Smith
    (author's struggle with the death of a sibling)

    "Lucky" by Alice Sebold
    (dealing with the aftermath of a rape)

    "This Boy's Life" by Tobias Wolff

    "Where is the Mango Princess?" by Cathy Crimmins
    (author's husband struggles to return to a normal life after a brain injury)

    "The Turkish Lover" by Esmerelda Santiago

    "Pig Boy's Wicked Bird" by Doug Crandell
    (funny farm-boy memoir)

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    I second "Autobiography of a Face." One of the most amazing books I've ever read. I just reread it to use it for a project in my Social Psychology class and it's amazingly powerful.

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    In the non-fiction realm, Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital by Alex Beam has a lot of interesting and famous people discussed in it - from Sylvia Plath to Van Morrison.

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    "Life Inside" by Mindy Lewis is about the author's stay in a mental institution as a teenager in the sixties, as well as her return to society when she was judged "sane".

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyr
    "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey
    (A riveting account of recovery from drug addiction)
    I second this one. Frey uses a writing rhythym that it takes a few pages to get into, but once you're into it, you're hooked 'til the end. it's a little gross in spots, but I think it's worth it because it gives you more insight into addiction and recovery than glossing over it would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraftinFool
    I second "Autobiography of a Face." One of the most amazing books I've ever read. I just reread it to use it for a project in my Social Psychology class and it's amazingly powerful.
    YES. And "Truth and Beauty" by Lucy Grealy's friend, Ann Patchett is a great book and kind of elaborates on what it meant to be Lucy's friend and her struggles.

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    I suggest "It Happened to Nancy" by author Anonymous. It's a girl's journal about her life after a rape left her with aids. It's sad but worth reading.

    Miru

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon_lemming
    Quote Originally Posted by amyr
    "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey
    (A riveting account of recovery from drug addiction)
    I second this one. Frey uses a writing rhythym that it takes a few pages to get into, but once you're into it, you're hooked 'til the end. it's a little gross in spots, but I think it's worth it because it gives you more insight into addiction and recovery than glossing over it would.
    I also just read that James Frey has come out with a new book "My Friend Leonard" about "his relationship with a Las Vegas mobster who helps him through rehab, jail, and the terrifying terrains of sobriety" (from Chicago Tribune Books Section, June 5)


 
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