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Don't Bug Me - I'm Reading Memorable Memoirs of Miserable Childhoods

These authors vie for most compelling miserable memoir.

Auslander, Shalom
Foreskin's Lament
PS3601.U85 Z46 2007
Auslander's humorous, angry memoir explores his Orthodox Judaic childhood and the feeling that God is out to get him.
 
Bragg, Rick
All Over But the Shoutin'
PN4874.B6625 A3 1998x
An homage to the Pulitzer Prize winner's mother and growing up dirt poor in northeast Alabama.
 
Bridge, Andrew
Hope's Boy
HV883.C2 B75 2008x
This New York Times inspirational bestseller illuminates the horrors of the foster care system.
 
Burroughs, Augusten
Running With Scissors
PS3552.U745 Z477 2002
An amusing account of a nightmarish childhood living with the bizarre family of his mother's therapist.
 
Flynn, Laura
Swallow the Ocean
RC464.F69 A3 2008
An intimate portrait of a daughter's determination to survive her beloved mother's mental illness.
 
Flynn, Nick
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
PS3556.L894 Z464 2004
A young man meets his alcoholic father in a homeless shelter, and writes boldly of his attempt to forge a relationship with him.
 
Karr, Mary
The Liar's Club: A Memoir
PS3561.A6929 Z468 1995
A hilarious, raw memoir of a "terrific family of liars and drunks . . . redeemed by a slow unearthing of truth."
 
McCourt, Frank
Angela's Ashes
E184.I6 M117 1999x
McCourt: "Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood. Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."
 
Walls, Jeannette
The Glass Castle
HV5132.W35 2005
Walls should win a prize for "Most Unique, Enchanting, Miserable Childhood."
 

Updated: 05/30/2008