Best flash memoir collections

These are books I would classify as flash memoir collections and great reads:

- I Remember by Joe Brainard (1975)
Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman (1995)
The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard (1998)
My Life as a List by Linda Rosenkrantz (1999)
Safekeeping: Some True Stories From a Life by Abigail Thomas (2000)
A Road of Her Own: Women’s Journeys in the West, Marlene Blessing  (2002)
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (2005)
Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen (2005)
Bird Songs of the Mesozoic: A Day Hiker’s Guide to the Nearby Wild by David Brendan Hopes (2005)
Atchafalaya Houseboat: My Years in the Louisiana Swamp by Gwen Roland (2006)
Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance by Glenn & Hayes (2007)
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks by Andrea Lankford (2010)
A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell (2011)
The Moment, edited by Smith Magazine (2012)
All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, edited by Dave Isay (2012)
– Times They Were A-Changing : Women Remember the 60s & 70s, edited by Myers (2013)
Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South & Women Behaving Badly, edited by Gutkind  (2014)

Please also pass along your favorites for the list.

To continue reading great flash, checkout these websites that showcase flash-length creative nonfiction.

And, if you’re now wishing for a craft book to help you write your own flash memoirs, don’t miss The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, it’s a must have.

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7 Comments on “Best flash memoir collections”

  1. October 4, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    In addition to Short Takes, anything else edited by Judith Kitchen is also a great entry, such as In Short or In Brief, and will familiarize you with many stellar flash authors.

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