Well, according to all the research I have done on the subject, there are quite a few. The list below is just a few from my notes. I will put another list in the next post as a continuation. These lists will be, by no means, complete but may give you some ideas of what you would write and/or where it would fit in.
- Coming of Age - This is basically a genre itself. It’s a very popular topic and revolves around your transition from child to adult.
This Boy’s Life: A Memoirby Tobias Wolff
The Liars’ Club: A Memoirby Mary Karr
- Travel Memoir – This type is a first person account of a journey to somewhere or having lived away from your home. It usually mixes history and facts about the destination with your opinion, emotion and personality.
An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Occupational or Vocational Memoir - Deals with your career or journey through the ranks in your vocation.
Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School by Melvin Konner, MD
Unrepentant Leftist: A Lawyer’s Memoir by Victor Rabinowitz
- War or Military Memoirs - Pretty self explanatory.
Examples: Brutality of War, The: A Memoir of Vietnam by Gene Dark
Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander’s Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery by Nick Popaditch
- Spiritual Memoir - There are actually a few types of spiritual memoirs including seeking, confession and redemption. I don’t know much about this sub-genre but I do know it is popular.
Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir by Elizabeth J. Andrew
Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir by Joan Chittister
Devotion: A Memoir (P.S.) by Dani Shapiro