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Memoir suggestions - December 24th 2016, 02:50 AM

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I'd be interested in reading one this year. I don't read them often. However, I don't know what to read.

I've read Lucky by Alice Seabold and thought it was really good. It was about her experiences dealing with her rape.

I read skin game and bloodletting which are about self harm.

I read Night as well.

I am interested in books that have to do with self harm, bipolar, or anxiety. Any mental health book would be fine.

I also like reading books about people coping with their abuse because it gives me hope that one day things will get better for me.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Memoir suggestions - December 24th 2016, 04:12 AM

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, it's her memoir of growing up with an alcoholic father and a mentally ill mother

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller, I"m not sure if it's a memoir or not, but it's about Anne Sullivan teaching Helen Keller. Not usually my type of book, but I couldn't put it down.


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Re: Memoir suggestions - December 24th 2016, 05:15 PM

I'll look into these. Thank you!


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Re: Memoir suggestions - December 24th 2016, 09:42 PM

porta del rossi's book about her eating disorder is really good but can be triggering.


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Re: Memoir suggestions - December 24th 2016, 10:19 PM

Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood - about a mother who abuses her child by means of lying about medical issues to get attention from doctors as well as puts up with other types of abuse from her. Can be triggering, so read with caution.


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Re: Memoir suggestions - December 25th 2016, 11:38 AM

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porta del rossi's book about her eating disorder is really good but can be triggering.
I read that and didn't really like it.

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Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood - about a mother who abuses her child by means of lying about medical issues to get attention from doctors as well as puts up with other types of abuse from her. Can be triggering, so read with caution.
This sounds sad but good. I have gone ahead and requested it at my library.


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Re: Memoir suggestions - December 26th 2016, 03:11 PM

A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer is about abuse, though if I remember correctly it gets graphic and might be very triggering. He wrote some follow up books to it, but I never read them myself.

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Keysen is another personal favorite, though the memoir is not like the movie.

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola is a great memoir about alcohol abuse

While I wouldn't exactly call them memoirs, Cathy Glass has a lot of books about the children she's fostered who came from abusive homes and her experience in caring for them. They're true stories with names and such changed. The covers can be deceiving though, the children are usually not quite as young as the picture on the cover. These can also be triggering.

My Heart is an Autumn Garage by Anne Thériault is a memoir about mental illness, you'll probably only find it on amazon. The kindle version is $3.03, the paperback is $9.99

While this last one doesn't fit in with the categories you listed, I personally find it to be very inspirational. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, I had to read it for school really liked it.



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Re: Memoir suggestions - December 26th 2016, 07:03 PM

These might be triggering, just a warning. I think there's more but these are what I can remember reading.

Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
Don’t Tell Mummy: A True Story of the Ultimate Betrayal by Toni Maguire
Tortured by Victoria Spry
An Unimaginable Act by Erin Merryn. It's spilt up into 3 different parts in a way. And Stolen Innocence: Triumphing Over a Childhood Broken by Abuse: A Memoir is also worth a read.
Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra
Hush by Nicole Braddock Bromley. This one is heavily faith based which I personally liked but just thought I would mention that as a warning for you.
   
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