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Women’s Personal Narratives:
Autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters

Choose one autobiography from the list below and write a 3-5 page analysis of the book.
Incorporate concepts from our class into your analysis. Post a one-paragraph summary of the
book on WebCT.

You can find out more information on the books by checking out or websites, browsing local bookstores, or going to the library. You can buy the book
through any of the local bookstores, Charis Books in Atlanta ( or
check it out of the library. Please do not choose a book you have read before: pick something
new. If you find a book not on the list that you would like to read, please come and discuss it
with me. I want to avoid books by popular figures whose “autobiographies” were not really
written by them, but were written by ghost writers.

Each person will be reading a different book, so make sure to claim your book with me before
you purchase it.

Due: No later than Wednesday, March 11
You must declare your book choice no later than Friday, March 1

The Adventures of the Woman Homesteader: The Life and Letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography in Letters by Jane Goodall

The Alphabet in My Hands: A Writing Life by Marjorie Agosin

American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood by Marie Arana

Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands by Shirley Geok-Lin

Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Yvonne Davis

Apples and Oranges: My Journey to Sexual Identity by Jan Clausen

Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker

Book of Margery Kempe by Margery B. Kempe

A Border Passage : From Cairo to America-A Woman's Journey by Leila Ahmed

Business as Unusual: The Triumph of Anita Roddick by Anita Roddick
Change Me into Zeus's Daughter : A Memoir by Barbara Robinette Moss

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

Composing a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King

Cravings: A Sensual Memoir by Jyl Lynn Felman

Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells by Ida B. Wells, et al.

A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi by Nawal El Saadawi

Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic
Revolution by Sattareh Farman Farmaian

Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement by Constance Curry

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition by Anne Frank

Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell

Equal Justice Under the Law: An Autobiography by Constance Baker Motley

Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex, and Suicide in the Deep South by Rosemary Daniell

Fields of Play: Constructing and Academic Life by Laurel Richardson

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times by Helen Thomas

Getting over Getting Older : An Intimate Memoir by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years by Elizabeth Delany

The Heart's Progress: A Memoir by Claudia Bepko

Henry and June : From a Journal of Love : The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin 1931-1932 by
Anais Nin
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I'm the One That I Want by Margaret Cho

In My Place by Charlayne Hunter-Gault

In Our Time : Memoir of a Revolution by Susan Brownmiller

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself by Harriet A. Jacobs

The Indelible Alison Bechdel : Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out for
by Alison Bechdel

It Must Have Been Moonglow: Reflections on the First Years of Widowhood by Phyllis Greene

La frontera / Borderlands by Gloria E. Anzaldua

Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology by Margaret D. Lowman

Lifesaving : A Memoir by Judith Barrington

Memoirs of Glueckel of Hameln by Glueckel of Hameln

A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel
Thatcher Ulrich

Mother Millett by Kate Millett

My Life Story : The Autobiography of a Berber Woman by Fadhma A.M. Amrouche

Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone by Mary Morris

On the Rails by Linda Niemann

One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

Pentimento: A Book of Portraits by Lillian Hellman

Playing for Time by Fania Fenelon

The Prime of Life: The Autobiography of Simone de Beauvoir by Simone de Beauvoir

Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America: A Memoir by Elizabeth Wurtzel

Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by Gloria Steinem
Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser by Rita Mae Brown

The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway

The Room Lit by Roses: A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth by Carole Maso

Shutterbabe : Adventures in Love and War by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir by Marge Piercy

Speaking Truth to Power by Anita Hill

The Story of My Life: Helen Keller by Helen Keller

Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America by Lily Burana

Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation by Karla Jay

Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist by Judy Chicago

Thunder's Grace : Walking the Road of Visions With My Lakota Grandmother by Mary
Elizabeth Thunder

Twenty Years at Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes by Jane Addams

Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

What It’s Like to Live Now by Meredith Maran

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson

You're Not from Around Here, Are You : A Lesbian in Small-Town America by Louise A. Blum

Zami by Audre Lorde

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