I think I'm going to spotlight two really great memoirs I've read that I think everyone should read.
The first is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth just lost the life she knew-her house, her husband. She decides to take a year a discover herself again going to Italy, India, and Indonesia.
This novel made me hungry. For gelato, for religion, and for love. I love traveling and hearing about all the different places she went to was like a journey for me, too. The religion sections of this novel weren't preachy-I felt enlightened to what other people believe. It was magical.
I think anyone who's interested in different cultures, food, and religion should pick this gem of a memoir up.
The second memoir I'm going to highlight is Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
I felt really connected to the people in the book club in this memoir. I loved the intricacies of their individual personalities. And I loved seeing them blossom as individuals. It was heart-breaking to read about the oppression they, especially, as women feel. I was truly touched by the freedom they found by reading.
This is a memoir nobody should miss. It's beautiful and heart-breaking and most of all eye-opening.
So those are my two suggestions for memoirs. I don't read a lot of them because I find that they hit a little too close to home sometimes. But I'm definitely open to suggestions.
What memoirs have you guys read and loved/would recommend?