Memoirs

I really like memoirs. Did you know that about me?
I especially like memoirs that talk of the childhood and youth of artists. By artists, I mean painters, sketchers, writers, poets, musicians, fashion designers, and anyone else who works from the imagination.
By this definition, I too am an artist even though I can’t even draw a circle with a compass.
I like to know that I’m not the only one who agonised and self-doubted (is that a word?). I like to know what gave successful people the strength to succeed.
It’s the same reason I like reading writers’ journals as well. Journals are a format I’ve been smitten with since Anne Frank’s diary. I like real journals and fictional ones. And I also like memoirs.
Memoirs are kind of like journals but made better with the gift of hindsight. Don’t you think?
I don’t usually like autobiographies so I was quite surprised that I like memoirs, as I discovered when I read A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.
This wasn’t my first memoir. My first memoir was Jacky Daydream by Jacqueline Wilson. I read everything she wrote with feverish dedication, as a kid. It’s a memoir of her childhood and I adored it. She seemed to get me, in a lot of ways.
But anyway, back to A Moveable Feast. I wanted to read it because I have the same romantic fascination with being impoverished I’m Paris that I’m certain every writer has had. And to read about the 1920’s in Paris! It was a dream, all right. I have always been enamoured by the 1920’s in London and Paris. So I read it. And what a delight it was!
I’ve never looked back since.
I could talk about memoirs that I love all day. I can also talk about the 1920’s all day.
What I really want to talk about is Just Kids by Patti Smith.
I’m reading this book right now because it is the all-time favourite book of Ashley Riordan, my favourite youtuber. I must confess I know very little about Patti Smith and I’ve never listened to her music. (I’m going to remedy that now, for sure, though.)
I am already obsessed with this book though as I always am with every book she recommends. Our tastes match exactly.
I don’t know if I’ll end up reviewing this book. I struggle to review books that mean the most to me because I just end up gushing and sounding repetitive. The most recent example of this is The Color Purple. This is the most uplifting and childlike book I’ve read ever. I adore it. And I can’t say why without sounding trite. Not yet anyway. I was just so glad that none of the not-so-nice things I’ve heard about Alice Walker came through in the book. At all.
Anyway, I wanted Just Kids to get a mention in my blog because it’s talked about so little and it’s impacting me so much already. I love her style of writing simple but evocative of so much imagery. Detached, but not so much as to become unemotional. Essentially everything that I want my own books to be but that I fear they will never be.
What do you guys think of memoirs? What’s your favourite one? I love book recommendations!
If I made a post of my five favourite memoirs, would you be interested to read that?
Let me know in the comments.
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Hoot.
Sin

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5 thoughts on “Memoirs

    • Crap. I forgot I had changed it. :’D I’ll make the edit now. Thanks Ayush!
      I’ll definitely try to write a review of Just Kids. 🙂 and I’ll definitely write my top 5 memoirs post. ^_^

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  1. I’m currently blogging my own memoir…but if you like the genre I suggest Running With Scissors and A Piece of Cake, both good ones.

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