You see examples of short memoirs all the time on sites like .
My body was a barrier.”Akbar writes intense, searing poetry, but this personal essay contextualizes one of his sweetest poems, “Learning to Pray,” which is cradled in the middle of it.
He describes how he fell in love with the movement, the language, and the ceremony of his Muslim family’s nightly prayers.
It’s smart, it’s funny, and it’ll break your heart a little as Koul describes “trying to find my mom at the bottom of a 20-quart pot.”This memoir essay is for all the girls who went through puberty early in a world that sexualizes children’s bodies.
Ford weaves together her experiences of feeling at odds with her body, of being seen as a “distraction” to adult men, of being black and fatherless and hungry for love.
Bryson has the sly, subtle humor that only comes from Americans who have spent considerable time living among dry-humored Brits.
In “Coming Home,” he talks about the strange sensation of returning to America after spending his first twenty years of adulthood in England.
This personal essay is the first in a book-length work called , in which Bryson revisits American things that feel like novelties to outsiders and the odd former expat like himself.
Lee’s story is interesting not just because she had a stroke at such a young age, but because of how she recounts an experience that was characterized by forgetting.
(I also had the pleasure of hearing him read this aloud during my school’s homecoming weekend, as Key is an alumnus of my now alma mater.)Sedaris’s humor is in a league of its own, and he’s at his best in the title essay from .
In it, he manages to capture the linguistic hilarities that ensue when you combine a sarcastic, middle-aged French student with a snarky French teacher.