Someone who’s never read a memoir (is that possible?) asked me today what I would recommend. I say, start with the best:
Mary Karr The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit
Rick Bragg All Over But the Shoutin’
Kathryn Harrison The Kiss
Frank McCourt Angela’s Ashes
James McBride The Color of Water
Edwidge Danticat Brother I’m Dying
Of course there are dozens more, but I’m loving these.