Creative Nonfiction

It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.  – James A. Baldwin


My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samantha Abeel ’00

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Shanghai Diary by Ursula Bacon

The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick

The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison

Lit! by Mary Karr

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lourde

The Color of Water by James McBride

Who Do You Think You Are? by Alyse Myers

Speak Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Monsoon Diary: A Memoir With Recipes by Shoba Narayan (Shoba Narayanaswamy CG ’87)

A Diary of a Young WomanParadise, Piece by Piece by Molly Peacock

Still Loved by the Sun by Migael Scherer

This Is How I Speak by Sandi Sonnenfeld ’85

Darkness Visible by William Styron

A Man without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

Night by Elie Weisel

Personal Essays/Commentary

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Burning Bush by Polly Laszlo Brody ’55

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

The White Album by Joan Didion

Why I’m Like This by Cynthia Kaplan

Living Out Loud by Anna Quindlan

The Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez

Naked by David Sedaris

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf

Travel & Nature Writing

Honey from the Lion: An African Journal by Wendy Belcher ’84

Wendy Belcher '84

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

From Paris to the Moon by Adam Gropnik

High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver

The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky

Writing on Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life by Christina Marsden Gillis ’60

A Year in the World by Frances Mayes

An Italian Education by Tim Parks

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