While we love to get lost in a good work of fiction, we’re also huge fans of memoirs and autobiographies. Memoirs are a great way to gain a different perspective, learn insight and find motivation.
As we inch closer to the end of 2017, it’s time to look back at some of the best books published this year. We’ve chosen our favourite memoirs from 2017 that shock, inspire, and engage us. Read on…
Killer by Doug Gilmour
Even if you don’t follow hockey, you still know who Doug Gilmour is. This Hockey Hall of Famer played for seven teams and is one of the highest-scoring centres of all time. In Killer, Doug shares some fascinating stories from his twenty-year career, and you can feel his dedication and love for the sport. With stories about life on and off the ice, Killer is a charming read about a sport that has captivated millions.
Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs
Rachel Jeffs grew up at the center of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the infamous polygamist sect of the Mormon church. In Breaking Free, Rachel shares her story, revealing what it’s like being the daughter of the former President of the FLDS Church, and the true nature of the cult. She shares the truth about what happened not only to her but also to her family and the countless others who remain trapped in the strange world she left behind.
This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe aka “Gabby” is wise beyond her years and incredibly funny. Her memoir, This is Just My Face, is the unique and honest story of her struggle to achieve her dreams. Touching on major issues like race, weight, depression, friendship and more, this memoir is accessible and paints a realistic portrait of living as a young woman in today’s society. Have a laugh and learn about the importance of self-love while you read it!
Hunger by Roxane Gay
This incredibly frank and personal memoir from bestselling author Roxane Gay is such an important read. Hunger is not just about food and body image, but about emotional and psychological struggles. Gay explores the issues and anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health.
Something Is Always On Fire by Measha Brueggergosman
In this searingly honest and insightful memoir, Canadian opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman shares her experiences with music, as well as her own personal struggles. She reflects on the ups and downs of marriage, losing children, self acceptance and health. Measha intimately shares how she’s faced adversity and how she’s been bolstered by her faith and her family.
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach
This heart-wrenching memoir follows Mark and Giulia, a young couple who have overcome the unthinkable. My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward recounts how the couple’s idyllic life was turned upside down when Giulia suffered a psychotic break. She eventually recovered and the couple had a son, but Giulia later had another breakdown. It’s a story about love, devotion, and family, and it shares an intimate look at the devastating effects of mental illness.
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
Not only is Gabrielle Union a talented actress and entrepreneur, she has proven herself to be deeply thoughtful and insightful writer. We’re Going to Need More Wine is a powerful collection of essays that share a inside look at Gabrielle Union’s life. She fearlessly shares personal stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. She is also incredibly vocal about standing up for victims of sexual violence, reflecting on her own experiences.
A New Model by Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham is a role model and an absolute *queen*. She’s been shaking up the fashion industry for the past few years, and is a true breath of fresh air. In her memoir, A New Model, Graham talks about body image, her life before and after modeling, and her journey to unapologetic self-acceptance. This a provocative collection of essays written to shed light on the way women are perceived, both on and off the runway. A New Model is here to empower and motivate women to be their strongest, healthiest, and most beautiful self.
The Mighty Franks by Michael Frank
Writer and critic Michael Frank shares a sordid tale of family drama and secrets in this quirky memoir. Frank writes about the unique relationship with his enchanting screenwriter aunt in the 1970’s. She loves him more than life itself, which as a young boy, is a good thing. But soon things turn bad and her hold on the entire family begins to spiral out of control in increasingly unpredictable ways. The The Mighty Franks is an amusing portrait of an unusual family. It is beautiful, smart, and you will love getting to know each member of the family.
Unfiltered by Lily Collins
Do you sense a theme yet? We love memoirs that emphasize the importance of self love!! In Unfiltered, Lily Collins urges readers to embrace themselves for who they are. Lily opens up about her own struggles, which are quite universal: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more. The tone of these essays is so approachable and relatable, which makes for a really touching read.
With so many incredibly powerful and moving memoirs out in 2017, it’s hard to choose a favourite. Have you read any of our Top 10? What memoir touched you the most? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!