Nonfiction For Teens, Up Close and Personal: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and More

NOTE: My apologies for the slight decline in audio quality of this episode.  My favorite microphone was acting weird (or perhaps was possessed by gremlins?) and I had to switch to my second-favorite microphone instead.  Needless to say, it’s my second-favorite microphone for a reason.

When I noticed the growing trend of internet users searching for information about nonfiction for teens, I had to decide whether to follow up my previous episode on teen nonfiction with a “part 2” episode or if I should focus my attention on one particular area of nonfiction instead.  I decided to narrow my focus to autobiographies and memoirs, based on the popularity of books like A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer (which I somehow managed not to mention during this episode).

Here’s the list of all of the books I mentioned on this episode:

King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher [booktalk HERE]
Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield [booktalk HERE]
Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin [booktalk HERE]
Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories ed. by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones [booktalk HERE]
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon [booktalk HERE]
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez [booktalk HERE]
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Everything Sucks: Losing My Mind and Finding Myself in a High School Quest For Cool by Hannah Friedman
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
Smile For the Camera by Kelle James
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali
Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb
Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves by Crystal Renn.
Marni: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions by Marni Bates
Emily: My True Story of Chronic Illness and Missing Out on Life by Emily Smucker
My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samantha Abeel
Epileptic by David B.
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *