13 Gripping Memoirs by Women Who Overcame the Impossible
These riveting books guide you through the hardest stuff you can imagine with the grace and grit you can expect from strong women.
Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies
You may recognize author Isabel Gillies from Law & Order SVU where she played Det. Stabler’s wife. The actress has writerly talents that come out in her can’t-put-it-down memoir about her husband’s affair. He was a poet-professor who took up with a colleague. Meanwhile, Gillies was trying to be the perfect homemaker in their big house with their two small children. The book’s title comes from the phrase the “other woman” told Gillies when she mentioned fears that her husband was straying: Happens every day. Gillies fills her story with strength and humor in the midst of a shocking loss that leads her and the kids back to her parent’s New York City apartment after the truth comes out.
The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke
Meghan O’Rourke’s The Long Goodbye is a lovely meditation on grief itself and how to do it. She chronicles her mother’s shocking diagnosis and eventual passing. The book is a moving companion for anyone dealing with the loss of a beloved parent. O’Rourke’s background in poetry gives her memoir a lyrical quality that captures the layers of grief. This acclaimed book tells the author’s personal story as it examines the ways our culture is often inept at preparing us to go through the demanding and intense process of grieving.
Comfort: A Journey Through Grief by Ann Hood
Ann Hood’s beautiful and unbearable book begins by relaying the tragic circumstances that led to the passing of her young and vivacious daughter. You’ll mourn the loss with her as you learn about the infection that arose without warning. Hood writes with generosity as she carries you through the details of an unthinkable shock. This book will clutch your heart and stay with you long after you’ve closed the cover. Here are more books that will definitely make you cry.