Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani
Relates the author's life with her identical twin sister, Cara, the downward spiral due to depression and drugs that resulted Cara's early death, and the author's determination to defy the odds that she herself would die within two years of her twin.
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
A memoir of the author's experiences as a survivor of the 2004 tsunami that killed her parents, husband, and two young sons recounts her struggles with profound grief and survivor's guilt and her gradual steps toward healing.
For more memoirs of survival, take at look at the Overcoming Adversity booklist on our Booklist for Adults subject guide.