As I explored what a memoir is, I found these jewels:
- Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison:
Allison writes to both male and female writers, but also to the LGBTQ community as she processes through her experiences as an independent lesbian woman in a society that doesn’t quite understand her. Allison doesn’t hold anything back, and that is part of her reason for writing her memoir because she had to hide her truths, so her memoir is boldly written to bring focus to these truths.
- The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston:
Kingston writes to a wide audience – men, women, Americans, Chinese Americans, and any who have been suppressed by their culture. She writes to process through her life and recognize what shaped her as a child, but also what she did/does to empower herself to be outside of a stereotype.
- Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo:
Burpo writes to everyone, those who have faith and those who do not. His purpose is to tell the story and bring impact and change to his audience.
I can already see a common theme: 1) tell your story, but not every detail is needed and 2) bring change or impact to the readers is essential, and 3) that’s almost the whole point because they identify something that is wrong in their lives or life in general.
I feel like my audience would be to those who are directly involved with education: students, parents, teachers, staff, administration – those who invest in the students’ lives and the student themselves. I would like to show how they are most important – even the in-between kids that aren’t failing but aren’t getting high grades. I want to place value in their lives.