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Memoirs are great but also pretty specific. After all, you better be awfully into deep-sea diving before you sit down to read that 400-page autobiography about deep-sea diving. Luckily, there’s something for just about everyone. Here, 11 titles to read based on what you’re looking for.

memoirs david sedaris

If you subscribe to “The New Yorker”...

Read Me Talk Pretty One Day, a sidesplittingly funny collection of stories by David Sedaris.

memoirs persepolis

If you grew up on comics...

Read Persepolisa graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi depicting her formative years in Iran during the Islamic revolution.

memoirs joan didion

If you want a good cry...

Read The Year of Magical Thinking, by our octogenarian girl crush Joan Didion.

memoirs nora ephron

If you want to live in “When Harry Met Sally”...

Read I Feel Bad About My Neck, an honest and laugh-out-loud-funny autobiography by the brilliant and hilarious Nora Ephron.

memoirs grace coddington

If you can recite “The Devil Wears Prada”...

Read Grace, an insider account by longtime Vogue creative director Grace Coddington.

memoirs deedee myers

If you think it’s time for a female president...

Read Why Women Should Rule the World by Dee Dee Myers, the first woman to serve as White House press secretary.


memoirs maya angelou

If you think the pen is mightier...

Read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou’s memoir about the power of literature to make a traumatic childhood more bearable.

memoirs sally mann

If you prefer images...

Read Hold Still, a riveting part-text, part-photographic memoir by the controversial photographer Sally Mann.

memoirs steve martin

If you’re into funny guys...

Read Born Standing Up, Steve Martin’s fascinating memoir about his early jobs (including a stint at Disneyland) and why he quit stand-up at the height of his fame.

memoirs lucille ball

If funny ladies are more your jam...

Read Love, Lucy, in which the comedienne details the events of her childhood that made her who she is.

memoirs mfk fisher

If you hate the word foodie, but kind of are one...

Read The Gastronomical Me, a memoir-cum-culinary history of Dijon, France, from M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most praised food writers of all time.

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