12 Memoirs Perfect For This Holiday Season

Each year, deciding what to buy everyone on your shopping list is rarely easy. But for family members and friends who love to read, giving them a great book is sure to put a smile on their face. One of these 12 memoirs will do the trick.

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For any daughter with a father, Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir by Molly Brodak will be a great gift this year. It’s the story of Brodak’s relationship with her dad, a man she thought she knew. But did she? Find out here… then wrap it up with A Woman on the Edge of Time by Jeremy Gavron, a story of a man who gets at the root of his mother’s suicide.

The person on your list who loves reading memoirs will enjoy The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy. It’s about the wild, need-a-spreadsheet childhood that the author endured, the family that split her time three ways and the people who shaped her to be who she is. Pair it with Trying to Float by Nicolaia Rips, who writes about growing up in a hotel in New York City. Eloise, anyone?

Could your giftee go live in the wilderness? Pete Fromm did, and in The Names of the Stars,” he writes about his wilderness jobs (yes, plural) and how they transformed him over two-and-a-half decades. You can’t go wrong, then, when you pair it with Gold Rush in the Klondike” by Josephine Knowles, the true story of a woman in Alaska and the search for riches at the very end of the 19th century.

How do you drive someone happy this holiday? You wrap up Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow by Steve Lehto, foreword by Jay Leno. This biography of Tucker, the creator of an ahead-of-its-time vehicle is a car-crazy reader’s dream.

Fans of the latest Harper Lee novel will love receiving My Father and Atticus Finch by Joseph Madison Beck. Pulling a page from Lee, it’s the tale of a white trial lawyer in Alabama who defended a black man charged with rape. It happened in 1938, but your giftee will love reading it in 2017.

For the mother-daughter duo on your list, The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner is perfect. It’s the story of two generations of women, mom and daughter, who don’t quite understand one another. One flees, then comes home, helping out and gaining love and understanding through an unlikely tribe of women. Or, one for fathers of sons: Love That Boy by Ron Fournier is a book about a dad and the love he has for his boy, who has Asperger’s.

The lover of Christmas will also love Tree of Treasures: A Life in Ornaments by Bonnie Mackay. It’s a memoir written through the trimmings of a tree, where the author got them, why she loves them and how they make her remember.

For the person who loves a touch of romance beneath the tree, Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius by Laurence Bergreen takes readers to Europe and through history to walk through the life and times of a man whose name is synonymous with love.