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If you like "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott ...

I am going to recommend some memoirs, some funnier than others, and also some novels that are based, somewhat, on the writers' lives.

Memoirs:
Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt: Listen to the audio recording read by the author, if you can. When he describes his father singing, McCourt sings the Irish songs for you. That added to my enjoyment of this wonderful book.

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, by Florence King (This memoir does make one think she exaggerates, perhaps, but it's very funny.)

All Over But the Shoutin', by Rick Bragg (funny, poignant, brilliant)

Chicago Days, Hoboken Nights; by Daniel Pinkwater Fish Whistle, by Daniel Pinkwater (These two Pinkwater books are also published in one volume: Hoboken Fish and Chicago Whistle)

Novels
Tortilla Flat, by John Steinbeck
Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck
Sweet Thursday, by John Steinbeck
(Some of the same characters, based on people he knew, appear in these three short novels. I listed them in the order they were published.)

A Fan's Notes: a Fictional Memoir, by Frederick Exley

Please let me know if you would like more suggestions.

Edward DeButts
Porter Branch