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While we wait for more educators to respond to our call for a chance to interview them, here at OWL Educational Services wanted to provide a small list of memoirs that should be read by adults and students alike. Be sure to check out this list, and then head down to your local library or independent bookseller to pick up a copy or two.

Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour

Published in 1989, this book chronicles the early traveling and reading years of bestselling western writer Louis L’Amour. One man’s unconventional education might seem strange to some, but it help to create a legacy and career, and is worth exploring. Included in the book are lists of books read, many of them classics worth pouring over time and again.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Published in 1999 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the first in McCourt’s memoir trilogy chronicles his Irish immigrant roots in Depression-era Brooklyn. This unique background influenced McCourt’s educational journey, and by proxy it influenced a literary legacy.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Published in 1969, this book chronicles in searing language the bigotry, violence, and loneliness that African American life had to endure in 20th Century America. The first in many volumes of autobiography, the poet Maya Angelou offers us the beauty in pain, and a rare glimpse at redemption and rebirth.

Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez

Published in 1996, Robert Rodriguez chronicles his journey of making the landmark film El Mariachi, a festival darling that was shot for just $7,000. Anyone who is interested in cinematic arts, or anyone who just loves a great rags-to-riches story, should read this book.

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