Memorable Memoir Titles

Memorable Memoir Titles
Let’s look at some titles that aren’t just of the “My Life” variety but truly reflect the personality of the author/subject. To capture humor, many people go for a pun. We’ve already covered a lot of those in a previous Write My Memoirs blog.
I know that you can come up with something catchy for your memoir, because some of the most famous titles are those of memoirs. Cheaper By the Dozen recounted Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.’s years growing up in a big family. The full title of Frank McCourt’s best-seller is Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir, even though people refer to it by only its first two words. The quintessential Holocaust story, Elie Wiesel’s Night, is autobiographical, as are Maya Angelou’s iconic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and the newer Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The shortened titles of Barack Obama’s two autobiographical tomes, Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope, already have become everyday phrases.
Your title does not have to be long. Even a one-word title can say a mouthful, previewing for the reader the key components of the contents. The currently popular Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and comedienne Tina Fey’s Bossypants are good examples. If you want to make sure people know that your work is autobiographical, you can tack on the explanation after a colon, as in Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Give it some thought! Your life deserves better than “My Life.”

Let’s look at some titles that aren’t just of the “My Life” variety but truly reflect the personality of the author/subject. To capture humor, many people go for a pun. We’ve already covered a lot of those in a previous Write My Memoirs blog.

I know that you can come up with something catchy for your memoir, because some of the most famous titles are those of memoirs. Cheaper By the Dozen recounted Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.’s years growing up in a big family. The full title of Frank McCourt’s best-seller is Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir, even though people refer to it by only its first two words. The quintessential Holocaust story, Elie Wiesel’s Night, is autobiographical, as are Maya Angelou’s iconic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and the newer Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The shortened titles of Barack Obama’s two autobiographical tomes, Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope, already have become everyday phrases.

Your title does not have to be long. Even a one-word title can say a mouthful, previewing for the reader the key components of the contents. The currently popular Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and comedienne Tina Fey’s Bossypants are good examples. If you want to make sure people know that your work is autobiographical, you can tack on the explanation after a colon, as in Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Give it some thought! Your life deserves better than “My Life.”