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True Life Women

Here are nine memoirs from women representing many walks of life. Everyone has a story, some are just stranger than others.

Armstrong, Heather B
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita
CT275.A8219 A3 2009x
This is probably the funniest book about postpartum depression you’ll ever read.
 
Gregory, Julia
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
RC569.5.M83 G74 2003
From early childhood, Julie Gregory was continually X-rayed, medicated, and operated on—in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother's mind.
 
Hofmann, Corinne
The White Masai
DT433.545.M33 H59 2005
Corinne uproots her life to move to Africa—not the romantic Africa of popular culture, but the Africa of the Masai, in the middle of the isolated bush, where five-foot-tall huts made from cow dung serve as homes.
 
Jessop, Carolyn
Triumph: Life After the Cult: A Survivor's Lessons
HQ994.J47 2010
A follow-up to her first narrative, the aptly titled Escape, this new work continues Carolyn’s story as she works to assist authorities conducting the 2009 investigation on the FLDS compound in Texas.
 
Klein, Stephanie
Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp
RJ399.C6 K538 2008
In the late 1980s, teenager Klein equates everything good in life with thinness.
 
Martini, Adrienne
Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood
RG852.M36 2006
Adrienne's family has a grand tradition. After a woman gives birth, she goes mad.
 
Moses, Kate
Cakewalk: A Memoir
PS3613.O779 C35 2010
Moses’ stories narrate the eventual breakdown of a family supported by utterly mismatched parents.
 
Scheeres, Julia
Jesus Land: A Memoir
BX7800.F868 S34 2005x
For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, "Jesus Land" stretched from their parents' fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic.
 
Tamm, Jayanti
Cartwheels In a Sari: A Memoir Of Growing Up Cult
BP610.C552 T36 2009
Tamm’s parents were among the first disciples of Sri Chinmoy, a self-proclaimed “God-realized” guru.
 

Updated: 9/12/2010