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5 Memoirs You Must-Read This July

In need of a break from the chick lit beach reads of summer? Indulge in these memoirs! Full of heartbreak, mystery and friendship these inspiring tales cannot be missed.

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1. The Gift of Goodbye by Rebecca Whitehead Munn

This captivating memoir follows Rebecca Whitehead Munn, a mother of two who is forced to come to grips with a divorce and her mother's terminal cancer diagnosis. Rebecca recounts how these difficult experiences led to her own self-discovery, encouraging readers that they too can change their beliefs in order to discover their true selves. The Gift of Goodbye is a powerful memoir that will tug at reader heartstrings, captivating them from beginning to end.

2. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

Each night, arsonists in a rural American town burn down a building. Night after night, the town waited to see which building would burn down next. Vigilante groups sprang up and volunteer firefighters slept at their stations, but the buildings kept burning. This chilling memoir examines what happens to a town when it is left behind, and how the fires weren't the worst of its problems.

3. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. A drinking problem, a violent past, and a caring heart shaped his mother, and in turn, shaped his childhood. Sherman Alexie remembers his late mother in this touching and deeply felt account of one boy's relationship with his mother.

4. A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite

Jen Waite is heartbroken when she begins to realize that her husband, the man she loves and the father of her children, fits the textbook definition of a psychopath. As she tries to uncover the truth of her relationship, she delves into a world of lies and manipulation and starts to question everything. Was her relationship ever real, or was it all a part of her husband's twisted web of deception?

5. Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart by Dion Leonard

Marathon runner Dion Leonard's life changed forever the day he found a stray dog in the middle of the Gobi Desert. Over time, Dion grows to love the pup, Gobi, who teaches him that there's more to life than winning and being the best. So when Gobi goes missing, Dion will do anything to get her back. An inspiring read about the bond between a man and his dog, this memoir cannot be missed.

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