Brenda Smit-James ~ Author, Memoirist, Instructor

Why do We Love to Read Memoirs?


I would never call myself a philosopher, certainly not in the academic sense. However, I qualify as per the original meaning of the word in Greek, that is, someone who loves wisdom.

I like to observe, question, and ponder: why do people do what they do? I am on a quest to discover what a life well-lived looks like - and to live it. I am equally intrigued to know what life looks like when we don't live it well.

These are just two reasons why I love to read memoirs.

I read with intent. I read to learn about others and how they lived their lives. I read to know about eras, events, and environments different from my own. I read for answers to my life questions. I read to glean something, one thing that I didn’t know before.

And it isn’t only the memoirs with drama and heartache that teach us about life. Light-hearted and funny memoirs also provide answers to those universal life questions.  The way I see it, irrespective of who we are, we are all trying to find our way in life.      

It’s your turn.

Why do you read memoirs?

1 comment

  • Brenda Smit-James

    Three memoirs I have read lately are :
    A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway,
    The Measure of my Powers by Jackie Kai Ellis and
    I’ll Push You by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck.

    All very good!

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