Memoir Published in Decade: 1970s

Top 10 Memoir Published in Decade: 1970s : The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom, 84, Charing Cross Road, Mommie Dearest, A Circle of Quiet, The Woman Warrior, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, The Irrational Season, Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment, The Periodic Table

The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom
AuthorCorrie ten Boom
At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny...
84, Charing Cross Road
AuthorHelene Hanff
This charming classic, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share...
Mommie Dearest
AuthorChristina Crawford
3 "poorly written but utterly fascinating" stars !!

The 2018 Jeez Louise Award

Barely 2 stars for the writing but 4 stars in a fascinating character study of Christina Crawford !!

Christina Crawford was a celebrity poster child for alleged abuse done to her and siblings by...
AuthorMadeleine L'Engle

I’d be surprised if the majority of readers have not read “A Wrinkle in Time.” It is undoubtedly her most loved book, although the road to a publisher was a rather long journey. Nevertheless, she did, and the rest is her story, part of which is contained...
The Woman Warrior
AuthorMaxine Hong Kingston
This was an intense book full of both women's power and violence against women set against the backdrop of the Cultural Revolution and the emigration of many Chinese people fleeing Mao to California. It is a mixture of autobiography and folklore and is beautifully written. Maxine Hong Kingston received...
All Things Wise and Wonderful
AuthorJames Herriot
The third volume in the multimillion copy bestselling series

Readers adored James Herriot's tales of his life as a Yorkshire animal doctor in All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Bright and Beautiful. Now here's a third delightful volume of memoirs rich with Herriot's own brand of...
AuthorMadeleine L'Engle
Life is a fugue. Our lives and memories overlap and run into one another. Perhaps, if I had not spent 20 days this summer at a hospice house this book would only have 4 stars but for me this is the summer of the great grandfather and not a word was wasted. Five whole stars worth of words.

And then there...
AuthorMadeleine L'Engle
This is the third Crosswick Journal. It is a walk of thoughts through the church year. It some ways it is a departure from the first two, more abstract, not quite as personal, but in other ways it is very, very personal. The book is scattered with Madeleine's poems. At times reading someone's own poetry...
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
AuthorJeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp—with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton...
The Periodic Table
AuthorPrimo Levi
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi is an impassioned response to the Holocaust: Consisting of 21 short stories, each possessing the name of a chemical element, the collection tells of the author's experiences as a Jewish-Italian chemist before, during, and after Auschwitz in luminous, clear, and unfailingly...
AuthorJim Carroll
The urban classic coming-of-age story about sex, drugs, and basketball.

Jim Carroll grew up to become a renowned poet and punk rocker. But in this memoir of the mid-1960's, set during his coming-of-age from 12 to 15, he was a rebellious teenager making a place and a name for himself on the unforgiving...
The Snow Leopard
AuthorPeter Matthiessen
“The sun is roaring, it fills to bursting each crystal of snow. I flush with feeling, moved beyond my comprehension, and once again, the warm tears freeze upon my face. These rocks and mountains, all this matter, the snow itself, the air- the earth is ringing. All is moving, full of power, full of light.”...
A Severe Mercy: A Story of Faith, Tragedy and Triumph
AuthorSheldon Vanauken
A heart-rending love story described by its author as “the spiritual autobiography of a love rather than of the lovers” about the author’s marriage and search for faith.


Vanauken chronicles the birth of a powerful pagan love borne out of the relationship he shares with his...
The White Album
AuthorJoan Didion
First published in 1979, "The White Album "is a journalistic mosaic" "of American life in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. It includes, among other bizarre artifacts and personalities, reportage on the dark journeys and impulses of the Manson family, a visit to a Black Panther Party press conference,...
Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities
AuthorFlora Rheta Schreiber
Another old book review from my blog:

This was one seriously fucked up book. I have never seen the movie but, of course, knew what I was in for when I got the book. The name "Sybil" is very well known, and carries some stigma, in pop culture.
However, I had no concept of the extent or the perversity...
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