Saturday, March 30, 2013

Survivor Memoirs

Some people seem to have the ability to survive and, sometimes, flourish, after having experienced dark extremes of behaviors and circumstances - drug addiction, abuse, crime, loss. We read their memoirs to understand their journeys and to perhaps find light at the end of the tunnel, or at least to know that survival is possible after such terrible experiences. Many people have read Dave Pelzer's memoir A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive - seems as though there are always holds on it.  Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff, Lucky by Alice Sebold, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff and Mary Karr's The Liar's Club and Cherry have also been very popular accounts of surviving adverse circumstances.  Here are a couple of the latest survivor memoirs in our catalog:

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.

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