Let’s be honest: There’s comfort in knowing that we’re all trying to figure out this crazy thing called life. Memoirs remind us that everyone struggles, but also that it’s more than possible to come away from those trials with a new outlook and a grateful heart. Often, these remarkable stories of bravery and perseverance can make a profound impact on our own lives, inspiring us to make much-needed changes.
You never know, going in, which books will leave the biggest mark on you, personally, and memoirs are no exception. Maybe you, like author Rachel Brathen (a.k.a. Yoga Girl), lost your best friend and had to figure out how to go on. Or perhaps you have worked hard to overcome anxiety like Charlamagne Tha God. Then again, it could be the experiences of disability rights advocate Keah Brown that make you feel seen and heard.
Why wait to find out? Here are 11 profoundly moving memoirs you’ll never forget…