It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and the topic this week is ‘Ten Books Every X Should Read’. In my case, the X is for memoir fans.
The first five are those type of memoirs that are so horrifying that you have to keep checking whether they are not, in actual fact, fiction. The next bunch are not misery-memoirs at all – quite the opposite – they made me laugh.
1. In My Skin by Kate Holden – extra-impact because the author grew up near me.
2. The Feel-Good Hit of the Year by Liam Pieper – kids running around like lunatics.
3. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs – if you thought the kids in Pieper’s story were out-of-control, read this one…
4. Beautiful Boy by David Sheff – horrifying (from a parent’s perspective).
5. Tweak by Nic Sheff – read the ‘Beautiful Boy’s’ story after his father’s (see above).
And now for something lighter…
6. Love Nina by Nina Stibble – fabulous, funny, and extra points for literary name-dropping.
7. Apron Anxiety by Alyssa Shelasky – love and the kitchen combine: result is variable.
8. Consuming Passions by Michael Lee West – there are a few scenes in this book that I’ll never forget.
9. Menonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen – wee-bags. Say no more.
10. Heartburn by Nora Ephron – I probably should have started with this one because Nora is the queen, obvs.