Editor’s Note: Megan Gardner—the “bookstagrammer” behind @BooksandPolkaDots—loves to read, recommend, and repeat just as much as we do. That’s why we’re delighted that Megan shared some of her favorite memoirs with us.
Telling our own stories gives life momentum and allows us to reflect on both the incredible and the awful moments we experience. What makes memoirs so crucial is their ability to help us understand the world and the people around us. While these 8 memoirs range from heartbreaking to hilarious, they all share in the idea that we can learn from each other’s mistakes, traumas, and fortunes—and that there is incredible power in perseverance and redemption.