What are the best memoirs with twisted stories?

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    #1The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.

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    Jerry Cole
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Looks like a great option for a twisted story."
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    #2Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Me Talk Pretty One Day is comedian and author David Sedaris' book containing snippets from his life, particularly his move to Paris and his experience of learning French from a teacher who did not like their sessions.

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    Bruce Qiu
    Written on May 5, 2018
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    #3Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.


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    Yolanda Zúñiga
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I think this is a very interesting book. It shows that a short book can still be a good book. I know that the movie made from this book is also pretty good. The movie is what lead me to the book."
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    #4A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive is the first book in the Dave Pelzer series which is a collection of books where he shares his own story of the brutal and severe abuse he suffered as a child by his own mother. 


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    Jonathan Nguyen
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows and this memoir hits that home. Dave Pelzer illustrates his life as one of trial and survival against odds stacked against him. Through Mr. Pelzer's eyes I experienced the horrid conditions and times he suffered through in his childhood. It's a story that will not be enjoyable to read, but I was looking for a first hand account of something twisted and in this book I found it."
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    #5Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes is a book written by Frank McCourt and is the first in the Frank McCourt Series. This classic book recounts the author's survival during poverty and cruelty. It is published in 1996.


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    Carmen Nieto
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Really good story about himself. It is quite sad."
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    Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview-a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic companion; a family gathers for a wedding in the face of imminent death. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without doubt one of the freshest in American writing.


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    Jose Thompson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "In this day and age it is really hard for a book to surprise me, but Naked just did that. This is not a typical book in any sense. From the unique characters, to the imaginative writing, this book takes you on a great adventure. The author really goes out of his way to make this a book you will remember. Such a great story to read. "
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    #7Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation is an autobiography written by Elizabeth Wurtzel wherein she tells her journey from suffering depression, suicide attempts, drug therapy and getting back to living. 


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    Amanda Larson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Read this amazing book when it was first published and just read it again when I noticed it was a kindle ebook. This is the most accurate description I have ever read of how clinical depression feels and it is entertaining and helpful. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand depression, how it feels, and how to manage it. A superb memoir as relevant today as when it was written."
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    #8When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    When You Are Engulfed in Flames is the sixth essay collection of the famous writer David Sedaris. The book contains 22 essays with different topics and has become an international bestseller.


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    Katherine Weber
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I really enjoyed how this book flowed as though I was reading someone's thoughts. Sedaris is a great thinker in the sense that he picks up on a lot I imagine most people would heed no attention to, and then find some humor in it. The book is not a barrage of laugh out loud moments, but it is a good cache of smiles and Silent chuckles. The only problem I had with it was that a lot of the book is about his life as a gay man. I don't care if anyone is gay and don't consider myself homophobic but when it kept coming up I felt like it was hard to connect with the stories and feel the experiences. Others may not have this problem and Sedaris isn't lewd in any way, so don't be off put. I would say I really liked this book. "
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    #9Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea is a humor book written by Chelsea Handler. This book was published in 2007. This book narrates the story of the author's past, family, career, relationships and more.


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    Samantha Simpson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book was sitting on a table while I was getting my car fixed. I have to say that I was never a fan of Chelsea and this book did not change that for me. It does have some funny parts though."
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    #10Madness: A Bipolar Life

    Madness: A Bipolar Life
    Madness: A Bipolar Life is written by Marya Hornbacher which chronicles her suffering from Anorexia and Bulimia and diagnosis of Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder.

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    Sarah Myers
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This books came to me as a saviour in moments when I was desperately searching for answers. Long before my husband's diagnosis I knew something was wrong. As wrong as it was, I pretty much diagnosed him myself before he made his way to a doctor. We struggled a lot through the period of his illness, when it was not supervised by someone who knew more about it than us, and before the right medication and the right dosage of it was prescribed. He refused to talk to me about it, and I did not understand what he was going through. There is plenty of books about bipolar disorder which cover the illness from the official medical point of view (causes, symptoms, treatments). I had read plenty of them and I just felt like I was reading the same information over and over again, but I was not getting the answers to my questions. This book gave me what I was looking for. It helped me understand what my husband was feeling and why he acted the way he acted. It helped me see that the crazy and hurtful things were not him, but the illness. It helped me position myself differently and respond differently to his unreasonable acts. Last but not least, it helped me communicate with him better and ask the right questions."
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    #11An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness is a non-fiction psychology book written by Kay Redfield Jamison. This memoir was originally published in 1995.


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    Wang Luo
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I've read several books on bipolar disorder and this is one of the best. Jamison writes beautifully and from an interesting perspective as both a clinician/researcher and a person with bipolar disorder. To be clear, this book does not offer suggestions on how to manage the disorder or detailed descriptions of the symptoms. I would recommend reading other books for that information and then read this one. Jamison does explain some of the terminology but it's mostly focused on her personal experiences. For example, lithium works very well for Jamison and she repeatedly talks about how important it is in managing her bipolar. But not everyone with bipolar disorder responds well to lithium and Jamison doesn't really talk about other options. That's okay for a memoir like this; I just wouldn't recommend starting here. Its more important to know what to expect first and then dive into excellent memoirs like this one. As the wife of a person newly diagnosed with bipolar, I found Jamison's story both reassuring (she is functioning really well now) and terrifying (it took her a long time to accept the diagnosis and longer to accept taking meds consistently). A very good read."
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    #12Running with Scissors

    Running with Scissors

    Running With Scissors is a New York Times bestselling memoir written by Augusten Burroughs, originally published in 2002. In 2006, a film adaptation of the book came out, directed by Ryan Murphy.


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    Olivia Grant
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A true case of one of the oddest upbringings in the world, this is a book that will keep you up at night for the sheer creep factor of it all. Not something you want to read if you don't want nightmares, it'll show you the depravity of human beings."
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    #13Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Pedro Gallardo
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is probably the best known memoir ever written. This is the diary of Anne Frank, as she hid from Nazi forces seeking to find her and her family in hiding. This is of course and extremely popular and beloved, but sad book, which accurately captures this single young girl's perspective of WWII, along with her Jewish family. This is the epitome of a classic memoir."
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    #14Let's Pretend This Never Happened

    Let's Pretend This Never Happened
    Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a bestselling memoir written by Jenny Lawson. First published in 2012, it tells stories about the author's childhood and the challenges she faced while growing up.

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    Chan Wang
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "For a memoir, this one has a really twisted story. This one will leave you thinking that you've actually had it quite easy compared to some."
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    #15Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's is a book by John Elder Robison. It was first published in 2007 and chronicles Robison's life with Asperger syndrome. It was nominated for the Lincoln Award in 2010.


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    Nicholas Curtis
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great, true story about someone who grew up not knowing the reason why they were different from everyone else. It's funny in a dark comedy sort of way. I laughed out loud more than once (not just light snickering), and found it really compelling. I'd recommend it to anyone."


Best What are the best memoirs with twisted stories
1The Glass CastleBooks 40 Paid
2Me Talk Pretty One DayBooks 37 Paid
3Girl, InterruptedBooks 35 Paid
4A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)Books 33 Paid
5Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)Books 32 Paid
6NakedBooks 29 Paid
7Prozac NationBooks 27 Paid
8When You Are Engulfed in FlamesBooks 26 Paid
9Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, ChelseaBooks 24 Paid
10Madness: A Bipolar LifeBooks 19 Paid

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