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Other People's Diaries

Get a sense of other people's lives and experiences by reading these graphic novels and non-fiction diaries.

Barthes, Roland
Mourning Diary
P85.B33 A3 2010
The day after his mother's death in 1977, the influential philosopher Roland Barthes began a diary of mourning, taking notes on index cards. These 330 cards, published here for the first time, provide a skeleton key to the themes he tackled throughout his work.
Bell-Scott, Patricia
Life Notes: Personal Writings By Contemporary Black Women
E185.86 .L498 1994
Personal writings, journals and diaries by black women from three continents and the Caribbean including well-known authors Alice Walker, Audre Lorde and bell hooks, as well as writing by unknown and unpublished writers.
Cole, Joni B.
Water Cooler Diaries: Women Across America Share Their Day At Work
HD6053.W383 2008x
Over 500 women kept a diary of their workday on March 27, 2007, sharing accounts of everything from glamorous perk-filled jobs to bosses from hell.
Fies, Brian
Mom's Cancer
RC265.6.F553 F55 2006x
Originally a comic on the Web, this graphic novel portrays the real experiences of one cancer patient and her family. Visually interesting, personally moving, and a great consumer health resource.
Frank, Anne
The Diary Of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
DS135.N6 F73313 1995
Includes passages of Anne Frank's diary originally withheld by her father in earlier editions.
Gloeckner, Phoebe
Diary Of A Teenage Girl: An Account In Words and Pictures
Well-respected cartoonist Phoebe Gloeckner creates a semi-autobiographical account of a girl's interesting, painful, promiscuous coming of age in San Francisco in the 1970s.
Lugovskaia, Nina
I Want To Live: The Diary of a Young Girl in Stalin's Russia
DK268.L68 A313 2006
Reveals the life of a teenage girl in Stalin's Russia, from normal coming-of-age woes to her intelligently expressed fears of Stalin's oppressive regime.
Pepys, Samuel
Diary of Samuel Pepys
DA447.P4 A4 1953x
Learn about 17th century British social life and customs—like dining "with Mr. Sheply, at My Lord's lodgings, upon his turkey-pie."
Sarton, May
After the Stroke: A Journal
PS3537.A832 Z462 1988
The famous author has a stroke at age 73 and details her year-long recovery process in this, one of her many journals.
Shirer, William
Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941
D727.S529 2002
American journalist Shirer's day-by-day account of life in Europe leading up to WWII and the rise of Nazi Germany. Originally published in 1941, it stands as an important document of that particular time and place in history.

Updated: 04/04/2011