Last year I shared a list of some of my favorite novels that I’ve read during my fifteen years in the book business.
As much as I love falling into a great novel, I’ve also always been drawn to powerful personal stories from ordinary people. I read them for their piercing loss and the match-lit path they illuminate to move past it. Here are eleven personal stories that brought me to tears, kept me up at night, and stayed with me after. Some are straight memoirs, some are less conventional in form, some are broader in scope, but all are rich and satisfying.