This week's TTT is Top Ten Books for fans off (insert popular book here). I choose...
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
1. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson: This book is amazing. It is Nelson's memoir of her relationship with a transgendered man during transition and the birth of their son. As a new mother, I found the honesty about motherhood refreshing.
2. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen: Yeah, it's for kids, but it is the OG survival in the woods story, and it is Ah-mazing.
3. Post Secret books: Quick coffee table reads with the same confessional tone as Strayed.
4. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan: These essays by college journalist Keegan, published by her mother posthumously are worth a read.
5. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey: Yes, it is the most controversial because it isn't really true memoir ever. But, it is a hell of a ride, and is a classic of the genre because of the controversy.
6. A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates: Strayed's memoir is essentially a story of grief, and this memoir is one of the best stories of grief I have read.
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson: Wild is kind of a road trip memoir, and this is a great road trip memoir.
8. Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel: A graphic memoir about a mother/daughter relationship. It isn't as good as Fun Home, but has more in common with Wild.
9. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh: This memoir from Brosh's popular web comic addresses issues of mental illness that resonate with Strayed.
10. Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me by Rachel Bertsche: I love Bertsche's voice, and this, her memoir of trying to improve her happiness by emulating the lives of celebrities, has the same type of self-help quality as Strayed's work.
What books remind you of Wild? What are your favorite memoirs?