We’ve been reading a lot of memoirs around here lately. There’s something magical about them, in how intimate and revealing they can be. Writers of memoirs don’t always include the whole story, but there is an underlying assumption of honesty. When we read memoirs, we can trust we're getting to know someone, and maybe even ourselves, a little bit better.
The word “memoir” comes from the French word mémoire, which means “memory.” It’s just you and the author’s voice, sharing impressions of their memories. Suddenly, you’re in their world, going deeper with every page you turn. Reading a memoir offers a unique opportunity to really connect with someone without having to talk to them. Or, in the case of public figures, it offers an opportunity to learn more about someone you admire, but may never meet.
Some of our favorite memoirs lately have been graphic memoirs, or autobiographical comics, combining words and visuals to reveal memories. We enjoy finding diversity in experiences and perspectives in our favorite graphic memoirs. Whether we’re reading about someone battling an eating disorder, or someone growing up in South Korea in the 1980s, we love getting to know fascinating people through these beautifully drawn and written graphic memoirs!
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