Today is World Book Day. Mostly geared toward children and young adults, I don’t see why it can’t be geared toward everyone. Everyone should know how to read, right? I used to hate reading. I always had a list of better things to do with my time. Later in life I learned that relaxing with a good book is a good way to spend my time.
Since I’m writing a memoir, I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs. I’d like to share with you a few books that I thought were particularly interesting. My selections are all over the map: business, cooking, comedy, music, movies––because when you are trying to write a memoir, you need to get various points of view. By reading, you learn new ways to say what you want to say. I’m not looking for big words…I’m looking for the right words. The right words take time and come when you least expect them––when you’re out walking, running, grocery shopping or even on the toilet.
My wife isn’t going to let me go back to college to earn any more degrees, so my MFA in Creative Writing is going to come from the books that I buy on a weekly basis from all of my favorite bookstore haunts, and a few workshops through Grub Street.
Here is a list of my:
Top 8 Memoirs to Read if you’re Trying to Write a Memoir.
1.) Patti Smith, Just Kids
2.) Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential — Twitter @bourdain
3.) Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. — Twitter @TheBloggess
4.) Tina Fey, Bossypants
5.) Kevin Smith, Tough Shit — Twitter @ThatKevinSmith
6.) Nikki Sixx, This Is Gonna Hurt — Twitter @NikkiSixx
7.) David Sedaris, Me talk Pretty Someday
8.) Mitch Albom, Tuesday’s with Morrie — Twitter @MitchAlbom
Oh yeah. You can follow me on Twitter too if you feel so inclined. Twitter @Lanrod