Nowadays, computers and mobile phones have become constants and the prolonged monotony has us all feeling bit under the weather. The time we suddenly have in abundance can also be used in positive ways like reflecting on our lives and to help with the process books can be the ideal choice. The memoirs mentioned in the list describe the unshakable human tenacity in the direst of the situations that will surely leave their mark on you.
Educated by Tara Westover
This book follows the life of our author who has never had a formal education before the age of 17. The book captures the importance of education in an individual’s life not to just make living but in defining themselves too. It also deals with issues such as physical and emotional abuse and how they shape us as humans.
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
This book follows the courageous escape of Debora from a very religious Jewish Community who dictated over her every life choice. She was restricted from specific things and was forced into an arranged marriage at an early age. After facing several obstacles and giving birth to a child she finally leaves her community behind.
I have the right to by Chessy Prout
This empowering and inspiring novel tells about the sexual assault Prout went through at the age of 15 at her school. She fought back against her culprits, reported the crime, and went to court but what she did not expect were the backlash she received and the victim-blaming. This story showcases the ugly truth of society like schools turning a blind eye and toxic boy groups.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinathi
When Breath Becomes Air might sound like a sad book at first but it is so much more than that, the journey of Paul Kalinathi from being such a bright neurosurgeon to a man suffering from terminal disease teaches us several lessons. It tackles questions about a life well lived and relationships in our life from familial to the workplace.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah recalls her childhood days in Africa during Apartheid age when his mere birth was considered illegal. This book will make you laugh and introspect all on a single page, marked by Noah’s wry humor it also paints a picture of a regressive period. We see a remarkable journey of Trevor Noah along with his courageous mother.
A Heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers
It’s a heart-wrenching story of a brother who has to take responsibility for his 8-year brother after they lost both their parents to different cancers within a span of a month. It talks about the hardships of growing up as well as the duty of looking after and parenting your own sibling. If you want a poignant read that will move you then this book is your stop.
I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
We come across many people who inspire us through their relentless courage in the face of terror Malala Yousafzai was that person for many of us, she showed us all that you don’t have to be a certain age or gender to speak up for what is right even if it has fatal consequences. This book is her story in her own words written only after a few months of the attack and it surely is a must-read.
I know why the cage bird sings by Maya Angelou
I remember reading Maya Angelou’s poem phenomenal women as our course requirement but it resonated with me as no other poem did. Maya Angelou’s complete life is in an inspiration in itself, she transformed herself from an insecure person victimized by racism to an independent woman who fought actively against it and gave world fine literature along with it.
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
It’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning reminiscing of the author’s life which was full of poverty and mistreatment, it follows his and his family’s journey from America to Ireland during the Great Depression. His father was a raging alcoholic and they lost many of their siblings to disease and neglect, but frank mustered up the courage and moved his life around by himself.it is a story of perseverance and a life lived with hope.
Persepolis: the story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Unlike other books, this is written in the form of black and white comic stripes and follows the life Marjane who witnessed the Islamic Revolution of Iran and her stories while growing up in the country. This political tale of a country witnessed through the eyes of a growing adolescent showcases the beauty of the place and the devastating consequences of wars.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
If you want a break from the serious stuff and something like a light read that would also inspire you then this is the book for you. Tina Fey shares several anecdotes from early days to becoming a person she is now, she shares her experience from Saturday Night live host to being stated as one of the people who had the most impact on culture in 2008 by the Associated Press.
On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Every aspiring writer needs to read this memoir not for the advice only but for the way Stephen King has presented it as a carefully structured story. Stephen king widely known as the King of Horror is known for his books and the speed with which he delivers them, in this he informs the audience about the dedication and motivation behind a book but in the process will also infuse you with a certain appreciation for the art form.
Girl, Interrupted by Sussana Kaysen
Anyone who is interested in the topic of psychology and mental illness’ needs to read this book, one may also remember a movie of the same name which featured Angelina Jolie. This book wins in providing the narrative from the patient’s point of view, it handles nuances and explores the questions such as the identity of a person. It will open you to several questions and different perspectives making it a must-read.
Open by Andre Agassi
This book highlights the several ups and downs in the life of the tennis legend Andre Agassi, from being a rookie sensation to being the oldest person to hold the rank one position, his life was not a piece of cake. From struggling with fame to tribulations in personal life he faced it all and emerged as a better player as well as a better person. This book will definitely showcase the harsh realities of the other side of players and inspire you to work for better.
I Am, I Am, I Am: seventeen brushes with death by Maggie O’Farrell
This book teaches us about the human resilience and strength I the face of adversity, the author describes her near-death experiences some relatable to other some are not in different chapters and weaves a moving story that compels the reader not to give up. If you want to look past the uncertainty of the current situation then this book will definitely help you.