Family Memoirs

“The family,” says author Dodie Smith, “is that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.”  All of these family memoirs are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.


Alison, Jane. The Sisters Antipodes. 2009. (B A4136.si).

Apple, Max. Roommates: My Grandfather's Story. 1994.
(B A6485.ro).

Bartók, Mira. The Memory Palace. 2011. (362.2085092 B).
     Also available: CD

Burden, Wendy. Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir. 2010. (B B9495.de).
     Also available: CD

Chater, Veronica. Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family. 2009.
(282.092 C).

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. 2008. (B C6523.be).

Cohen, David Elliot. One Year Off: Leaving it All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children. 1999. (910.41 C).

Coleman, Melissa. This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone. 2011. (974.13043 C).

Corrigan, Kelly. The Middle Place. 2008. (362.19699449 C).
     Also available: CD

Darnton, John. Almost a Family: A Memoir. 2011. (818.54 D2237.aL).

Darznik, Jasmin. The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. 2011. (305.4889155 D).

Day, Clarence. Life with Father. 1935. (818.52 D273.Li).

Dickinson, Amy. The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter and the Town That Raised Them. 2009. (306.87432 D).
     Also available: CD

Dumas, Firoozeh. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America.
2003. (B D8862.fu).

Durrell, Gerald. My Family and Other Animals. 1956. (508.4955 D).

Farrant, M.A.C. My Turquoise Years. 2004. (818.54 F2413.my).

Gilbreth, Frank B. Cheaper by the Dozen. 1948. (817.54 G4667.ch).

Goodison, Lorna. From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island. 2007.
(972.92 G).

Greene, Melissa Fay. No Biking in the House Without a Helmet. 2011. (362.734092 G).
     Also available: CD

Hamilton, Gabrielle. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. 2011. (641.5092 H).
    Also available: CD, eBook

Hancock, Elizabeth Emerson. Trespassers Will Be Baptized: The Unordained Memoir of a Preacher’s Daughter. 2008. (286.1092 H).

Heaton, Patricia. Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine.
2002. (B H4424.mo).

Jackson, Shirley. Life Among the Savages. 1953. (818.54 J145.Li).

Janzen, Rhoda. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. 2009. (B J358.me).

Kalish, Mildred Armstrong. Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression. 2007. (977.761 K).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Kennedy, Edward M. True Compass: A Memoir. 2009. (B K352.tr).
    Also available: Large Type, CD

Kimmel, Haven. A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana.
2001. (B L3664.bL).
     Also available: eAudiobook

Kimmel, Haven. She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana. 2006. (818.6 K496.sh).
     Also available: CD

Laskas, Jeanne Marie. The Exact Same Moon: Fifty Acres and a Family. 2003.
(070.92 L).

Moses, Kate. Cakewalk: A Memoir. 2010. (B M9114.ca).

Perry, Michael. Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting. 2009. (630.9775 P).

Pressman, Linda. Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors, and Skokie. 2011. (940.53180922 P PBK).

Queenan, Joe. Closing Time: A Memoir. 2009. (B Q34.cL).

Rosenblatt, Roger. Making Toast: A Family Story. 2011. (306.8745 R).
    Also available: Large Type

Schwartz, Mimi. Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed. 2002. (814.6 S3997.th).

Sellers, Heather. You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness. 2010. (B S46725.yo).
    Also available: eBook

Uhlberg, Myron. Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love. 2008. (306.874092 U).

Wells, Dean Faulkner. Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi. 2011. (929.209762 W).

White, Bailey. Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living. 1993.
(818.54 W5823.ma).