1. The autobiography of Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson:

It is a non-fiction novel, and it is an inspiring story of how a normal kid becomes one of the best neurosurgeons in the world. It is a memoir from his childhood and how his mother helped him to face his difficulties in school.

It is a biography in a first person

Personal essay


  1. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. It is an autobiographical book by Malala.

Coming of age like Persepolis.

Auto ethnography.

  1. Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person by Miriam Engelberg:

It is a memoir in Comics. The author was 43 when she first diagnosed with breast cancer.

Smith and Watson: “Graphic Novel” P. 168

“Illness Memoir”

“Narrative of grief, mourning, and reparation P. 138


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  1.    Marguerite Rippy on October 25, 2019 2:11 am      Reply

    I think either of your options 2 & 3 would be great to look at for a final project. I’d steer away from Carson’s since most political/star autobiographies are ghost written, which makes them difficult to hold up under the scrutiny of literary study. Malala’s memoir, on the other hand, ties in well with her other public speeches and comments, so it’s a much richer source if you want to look at memoirs of high profile people. Engelberg’s would be an interesting fit as well with our novels of illness and graphic novels. You might see which of these you can find the most interesting analytical sources on in the library workshop.

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