Top Heart Touching Memoirs That Will Leave You Awestruck

It is really difficult to unfold the darkest moments of our life as it requires a lot of guts to relive a moment, which you never wanted to be repeated in your life. But a few Bravehearts dare to narrate such traumatic tales. Some of them have expressed it so vividly that their accounts received wide acclamation and have occupied a space in the most prestigious bestsellers’ reading lists worldwide.

This post is dedicated to touching and heartfelt memoirs of a few such bravehearts whose lives are marked by harrowing unusual experiences but they continued incessantly to create history.

Smashed Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas: Eye-opening and completely enthralling Smashed became a media sensation and a New York Times bestseller. This is a heart touching memoir of Zailckas, who initiated into the world of drinking with one stiff sip of Southern Comfort at a very tender age. From then on, she started drinking fanatically. Smashed is an astonishing literary debut of a girl  that how she got in an unfamiliar apartment in New York City, and after a decade of getting drunk, having blackouts and smashups, what it took her to realize that she had to give up drinking.  Zailckas has written coherently about her past, showing the devastating effects of her lifestyle without ever trying to invoke pity for anything that happened to her in the past.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers: This is the heartbreaking memoir of a college senior and a terrifically talented writer, Dave Eggers, who at the age of 22 loses both of his parents to cancer within the space of five weeks. This is an exhilarating and poignant memoir of Dave that depicts how he becomes an unofficial guardian of his eight-year-old brother, Christopher. The story mainly concentrates on the ethics and desires of Egger who feels robbed of his youth due to untimely death of his parents and his responsibility to take care of his brother.

Against All Odds by Paul Connolly: Heartbreaking and inspiring, this is the success story of Paul Collony’s life started as an abandoned child in an orphanage and became a successful entrepreneur in his later life.  This book gives the real insight of what happens in children homes and how someone with such an awful start in life can take a turn for the better and go on to be a successful businessman.

Switching Time: A Doctor’s Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities by Richard Baer: Karen Overhill walks into Psychiatrist Richard Baer’s office with her strange complaints of having vague physical pains and depression. Her problems were so insidious that she often  feels like an impersonator in her own life; she even doesn’t distinguish the people who call themselves her friends, and she can’t even remember being intimate with her own husband. After realizing that Karen has multiple personality disorder, Baer faces the intimidating task of generating a therapy that will make his patient whole again.

Lucky A Memoir by Alice Sebold: What happened to Alice Sebold should not happen with anyone else. This is a harrowing and heart-wrenching memoir by Alice Sebold revealing that how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman at Syracuse University, she was brutally attacked and raped in a park near campus, forced onto the ground in a tunnel “among the withered leaves and broken beer bottles.” And what was more surprising and disturbing was the statement of police who said she was “lucky”. At least she wasn’t killed and dismembered like a young woman before her. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer: This is ghastly and harrowing memoir of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the autobiographical account of a young boy who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who isolated him from the rest of the family and who played tortuous games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s torturous games in order to survive because she treated him not like her son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.”

The Watchmaker’s Daughter: A Memoir by Sonia Taitz: This is funny yet stirring memoir sheds light on Sonia’s life, the daughter of holocaust survivors growing up in America. This legacy, combined with Sonia’s ambition and intelligence, directs her to lead an audacious life in which she probe to heal herself and her parents through travel, achievement and daring love affair. Sardonically, this is due to her marriage to a non-Jew that brings her parents the stillness and fulfillment that they have longed for.

Slave: My True Story by Mende Nazer: This is a tragic and harrowing memoir of Mende Nazer who lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold as a maid to a wealthy Arab family. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when she was snatched by Arab raiders, raped and shipped to Khartoum. Slave is a heart-wrenching story of almost beyond belief that portrays the power and dignity of the Nuba tribe. It recounts the savage way in which the Nuba and their ancient culture are being shattered by a secret modern trade of slaves. Above all, the core of the book is the unbreakable spirit and incredible courage of a young woman.

We hope our readers will like reading these remarkably written and uniquely gripping memoirs, and if we have missed your favorite, make sure to chime in with your own picks in the comments.


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