To find a memoir to read, it will probably work better to look at some of the links below, rather than just googling. For your third blog post (finding a memoir online that connects to your chosen theme), you can use any of the memoirs listed below–except the student memoirs listed at bottom of page. I’ll try to add some more links shortly (1/26).
Here’s a favorite of mine, from a wonderful book-length memoir called Without a Map by Meredith Hall:
“Killing Chickens“ (this essay would fit the “family” theme)
As you read the essay, pay attention to Hall’s use of sharp images to convey powerful emotion. Think about what the essay is “about,” what universal issues are embedded in Hall’s personal experience. How can you connect to her experiences though you may be no chicken-murderer yourself?
Here’s one that would fit education: Heal McKnight’s “The Hard Part of Community College“
And here’s one that would fit health theme: Alissa Nuttig’s “An Appointment with Dread.” And another nice one from the New York Times: Dana Jennings’s “After Cancer, Everyday Miracles.”
You may find some inspiration, in the form of model essays connected to your theme, by browsing through the site This I Believe.
Here are links to some other sites/literary journals that publish memoirs:
The Sun Magazine
Orion Magazine (this would be a good one to look at for nature memoirs)
Bellevue Literary Magazine (focuses on health-related issues)
Sample student essays
Here’sa great essay that would fit the family theme.
Here’s one the fits a food theme, andhere’s one for sports.
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The First Moment of...The Sixties
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By: Michele Johnson Keesee
Two beautiful, ocean-blue eyes stared blankly from behind scratchproof lenses. Her mouth gaped, and the sauce from the breadsticks she ate moments beforehand stained the corners of her mouth. Her facial muscles slacked and her shoulders slumped. Her mind had retreated to that special place, her face utilizing its shield, guarding her private thoughts. Read more.
The Ten Second Lesson
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The Polka Dotted Scarf
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Tonight is Sunday evening, the first day of daylight savings time. My wife is in bed sleeping now, but what I am relating was what I felt earlier this evening. We were watching Jewel of the Nile together, me on the floor and Peg on the couch. She never made it to the end but I was wide awake. Read more.
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I Laid My Head in My Mother's Lap
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She was starting to get anxious and restless, so I sat her next to me on the couch. I had the urge to lay my head on her lap. It has been years since I did that and it brought back a flood of memories of my childhood. Read more.
Snow Hill Sniper
By: Mike Morin
Back when I was a young boy, there were some woods behind our house and in those woods was a dirt road that led to an abandoned sand quarry, complete with a sloping wall of top soil, which in winter became a pretty big and steep snow hill, for a ten year old anyway. Read more.
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For the first 25 plus years of my life, I never got to Florida. Well, after I was married, I went to Florida for the first time as a "Band Parent" with my wife, Peg as chaperones for our daughter's marching band trip. They marched in competitions and actually participated in the parade in Disney World. Read more.
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The Night Before Christmas
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It was the night before Christmas and I was very sad because my family life had been severely disrupted and I was sure that Christmas would never come. There was none of the usual joy and anticipation that I always felt during the Christmas season. I was eight years old, but in the past few months, I had aged greatly. Read more.
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