5 Memoirs To Start Off Your Summer (Slideshow)

We’re heading right into the heart of baseball season, swimsuit season and summer reading season! If your bookshelf looks a little empty now, here are a few great memoirs that you won’t want to miss to help you start off your summer reading adventures.


Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

When Cheryl Strayed’s life seemed to be falling apart, she reacted in the best way she knew how: by leaving everyone and everything she knew behind and embarking on a solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington state. Strayed had no long-distance hiking experience and faced dangers such as rattlesnakes and extreme heat on her trek. Her story is one of personal healing and beating the odds in order to put her life back on track.

The Heart and the Fist

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens thought that he could make a difference in the world through humanitarianism — then realized that, in many cases, the work he was doing was too little, too late. Searching for a way to truly ease human suffering, he joined the Navy SEALs. This powerful memoir illustrates the difficulties he faced with the hope of helping others, and the changes that resulted because of his choice.

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach

This food-oriented memoir hits a little closer to home. Jenny Rosenstrach and her husband have made it a practice (a non-negotiable, every day practice) to cook dinner for their family at home. This tale of family and food is for anyone who wants to share the ritual of mealtime with the people they love, no matter how busy their schedules may be.

The Receptionist

The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker by Janet Groth

Janet Groth became a receptionist at the New Yorker when she was only 19 years old– and she stayed for the next twenty years. This book provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of one of the most exclusive magazines in the world as well as telling Groth’s personal story. Although she dreamed of being a writer, she never moved beyond her original position. Groth shows us how it is sometimes necessary to move on in order to become something more.

I'm Feeling Lucky

I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards

A look inside the growth of Google from one of its earliest employees, I’m Feeling Lucky illustrates the self-created, entrepreneurial philosophy of the company. Edwards excels at describing the history of a brand that everyone knows, but few know much about.

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

thank you

Ben Goggins
Ben Goggins3 years ago

Puh-leez. I don't need to read a Navy Seal book about being equal parts compassion and strength. Christ was 100% on the compassion side. He could've gone Seal but showed us another way.

Dave C.
Dave C.3 years ago


aj E.
aj E.3 years ago

thanks for the ideas.

Bob P.
Bob P.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.3 years ago

Another great/really sad memoir is "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Duggard. Amazing look into the mind of someone who was abducted, and shows amazing strength.