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Memoirs of women

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LilBB Tue 28-Jun-11 21:43:40

I was thinking we could make some recommendations for some real life story books by/about women. I was thinking along the lines of victims of rape, domestic violence, abuse, forced marriage and parental abductions but any suggestions are great. Perhaps even autobiographies of great females?

My suggestions are

Lucky by Alice Sebold
Sold by Zana Muhsen
Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
Ugly by Constance Brown

ThisIsANiceCage Tue 28-Jun-11 21:45:59

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

ThisIsANiceCage Tue 28-Jun-11 21:52:08

<checks bookshelves>
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
The Past is Myself by Christabel Bielenberg

Not about abuse, but female experiences of incredibly significant periods - and damn good reads.

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 28-Jun-11 21:56:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ThisIsANiceCage Tue 28-Jun-11 22:00:54

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr (semi-autobiographical). This is the Judith Kerr who wrote The Tiger Who Came To Tea, btw.

TotalChaos Tue 28-Jun-11 22:03:00

Not Without My Daughter by (I think) Betty Mahmoody.

ThisIsANiceCage Tue 28-Jun-11 22:06:31

Some I haven't read so can't directly recommend:
Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
Call Me Woman by Ellen Kuzwayo

ThisIsANiceCage Tue 28-Jun-11 22:17:56

Don't Let's Go to the Dog's Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. (Again, not read.)

ThisIsANiceCage Tue 28-Jun-11 22:18:33

Dogs not Dog's

spiderslegs Tue 28-Jun-11 23:01:13

84 Charring Cross Roa

True Feminism

spiderslegs Tue 28-Jun-11 23:01:34


Gyptis Wed 29-Jun-11 06:58:23

Velocity by Mandy Sayer. A memoir of her childhood enduring poverty, parental neglect, alcoholism, domestic violence and abuse. Sayer is a brilliant writer and storyteller. I really appreciated this one.

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