It's no secret: I'm a little bit obsessed with memoirs. For the past decade, they've been my go-to genre, and I truly can't get enough. I've always had a fascination with the lives of others, especially those that are so different than mine—or, at times, that are so similar to mine and make me feel less alone. Stories of survival, stories of adventure, stories that make me laugh while reading the pages (or, at times, cry so hard I risk ruining a library book). I think that my love of this genre has to do with getting to read the story of another person, most often in their own words, and for a short time being completely wrapped up in their world.
I've read so many memoirs over the years that I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of my absolute favorites—ones that I recommend to others when they're looking for a good one to pick up. But then I actually started writing out my list and realized it would be the longest blog post of all time if I shared them all at once. (Information overload, for sure.)
I ended up coming up with a handful (or more) of my favorites in the following categories: religion, celebrity, war/crime, and humor/misc. I'm starting out with my favorite memoir subject: religion—because it's filled with books on the FLDS, which is completely and utterly fascinating. (And we all know if there's a book on polygamy, I will read it. I'm almost surprised our librarians haven't started setting them aside for me, the same way they do with Disney Princess books for my daughter. "Here's a new Frozen picture book for Eisley…and a terrifying memoir on escaping the FLDS for you, ma'am. Enjoy!")
Hopefully these lists will help those of you who typically stick to fiction and are eager to try out something new!
So, without further ado, here are some of the best memoirs on religion I've read!
I'll be working on the rest of these posts within the next month, so if religious memoirs aren't your jam, there are many other subjects coming your way. But if you do end up reading any of the above books, please let me know what you think! And if there are any must-reads I've missed, do share. Especially if they involve escaping from cults. (Because those are my jam.)
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