Memoir Essays

Unbowed: a Memoir by Wangari Maathai

Courtney Daily Book Review AAAS 351 Due 12/08/11 Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai Unbowed was written to tell the captivating life story of Wangari Maathai. Maathai was a woman from Kenya who struggled against oppression due to her gender, ethnicity, and political belief. This woman achieved many first for the women of Kenya. She […]

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Childhood Memoir – Maya Angelou

Throughout Maya Angelou’s childhood, major obstacles do not cease to be thrown at her. This includes the obstacle she was born with, which is being a black female, in a harsh world of Jim Crow laws, racism and sexism, a real world existing during the 1930’s-1940’s in southern America. She depicts this world to us […]

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Growing Up by Russell Baker

Growing Up by Russell Baker is a memoir of his earliest memories in Morrisonville, Virginia until his first professional journalism job as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun in 1937. Throughout much of Baker’s youth women dominated Baker’s life. His mother, his grandmother and his sister Doris all had strong opinions and strong personalities that […]

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Huerfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture

Huerfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture is a work of art of Roberta Price, an attorney and at the same time a great writer. The inspiration that she found in this story was truly incomparable. Price’s experiences in her life were elaborated in this book which makes it more realistic and deeply felt. […]

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Edward Said’s Memoir “Out of Place” Excerpt Summary

In Said’s memoir, Out Of Place (1999), the author talks about his sense of alienation, of the dual parts of his conflicting western and Eastern identity and name. He has never found out where he really belongs. He is stuck in between those two contradicting worlds, ever since he was a child. Said starts by […]

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God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir by John Bul Dau

In John Bul Dau’s memoir, God Grew Tired of Us, he tells the inspiring and heart wrenching story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. This two hundred and eighty one page book was published in 2008 in the USA. John’s moving story begins by explaining the tense political situation in his beloved homeland, Sudan. Sudan […]

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Lying: a Metaphorical Memoir by Lauren Slater

In Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir, Lauren Slater attempts to create a new kind of truth called metaphorical truth: emotional truth explained using metaphors instead of facts. She confuses fact and fiction even though it is a memoir and thus creates a convoluted tale of herself where she may or may not be epileptic. Initially, the […]

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