Hey folks. I'm teaching an introductory creative writing class in the spring, and I need to round out my reading lists with memoirs that would be helpful for college level CW students. The two I was going to use, and have used before, our either out-of-print or out of stock, not to be reprinted until the summer. There are a lot of great memoirs out there, but I'll need a certain kind. For instance, as great as they are as historical documents, and even as well-written as they are, the memoirs of U.S. Grant or Winston Churchill are not what I have in mind, as they won't provide the models for beginning CW students. Same with literary memoirs I consider ass-kicking, like Nabokov's Speak, Memory. Similarily, there are many, many memoirs published every year, but I don't really want "dysfunctional childhood" memoirs, primarily because I want the focus to be on writing, and not on a competition to see whose life is the most ********-ed up. I have several ideas. I'm thinking, for instance, of some Henry Rollins tour diaries, which are largely fake, as an example, so that students can explore the "fake memoir" genre. Or maybe (I'll be looking at it this weekend) I'm With the Band, which is a memoir of a groupie that they might find interesting. Hell, since I work at a Catholic college, and he turned out an album called Catholic Boy, I'm even considering Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries. Basically, I'm looking for autobiographical prose/essays, etc., that college students can relate to, and which are well-written, but not wayyyyy beyond their wildest hopes of ever matching. Any suggestions? Thanks for reading to the bottom of this.