Six memoirists share their experiences of transforming memory and truth, joy and pain, into captivating stories. Read our reviews of all six memoirs, as well as Q&As with their authors, and discover your next favorite first-person narrative.
Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment by Theo Padnos
Read our Q&A with Theo Padnos:
"Some people will have difficulty believing I wasn’t killed."
Floating in a Most Peculiar Way: A Memoir by Louis Chude-Sokei
Read our Q&A with Louis Chude-Sokei:
"There is often great hostility toward those who refuse conventional racial expectations."
Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong by Georgina Lawton
Read our Q&A with Georgina Lawton:
"No one prepares you for the emotional time travel that a memoir necessitates."
Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir by Elizabeth Miki Brina
Read our Q&A with Elizabeth Miki Brina:
"I grew up trying to believe that race, family history and cultural history were inconsequential. I’m glad I don’t believe that anymore."
Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure by Menachem Kaiser
Spilt Milk: Memoirs by Courtney Zoffness
Read our Q&A with Courtney Zoffness:
"When I revisited these experiences years later, I saw them all through the lens of motherhood. It’s a thread that binds Spilt Milk."