Memoir

As a literary genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire from the Latin memoria, meaning "memory", or a reminiscence), forms a subclass of autobiography – although the terms 'memoir' and 'autobiography' are almost interchangeable in modern parlance. Memoir is autobiographical writing, but not all autobiographical writing follows the criteria for memoir.

Memoirs are structured differently from formal autobiographies which tend to encompass the writer's entire life span, focusing on the development of his/her personality. The chronological scope of memoir is determined by the work's context and is
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Somebody's Daughter
House of Sticks
The Puma Years: A Memoir of Love and Transformation in the Bolivian Jungle
¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons
Don't Ask My Name: A Survivor's Story of Lies and Deceptions
The Ugly Cry
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Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir
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Thanks for Waiting: The Joy (and Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer
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