September 22 is Dear Diary Day, and the Bookish editors are excited to celebrate. Diaries have a lot in common with one of our favorite genres: memoirs. Both are typically written in the first person, record the writer’s experiences, and have a strong sense of voice. To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite memoirs that have come out in 2018 so far. Get reading, and who knows—these picks might even inspire you to pick up a pen and start writing your own story.
Clemantine Wamariya was just a child in 1994 when the Rwandan genocide changed her life and country forever. The story follows Wamariya’s journey to the United States, where she had new opportunities but could not forget the horrors she had experienced.
The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg
Rick Bragg waxes nostalgic about his mother’s cooking and his upbringing in this memoir that also includes delectable family recipes. A warning: This one will make you hungry.
Francisco Cantú worked as a Border Patrol agent where he saw firsthand the suffering and violence surrounding the U.S-Mexico border. The things he witnessed haunted him, and eventually, he left the job. He writes about the experience in this eye-opening memoir.