as promised, this is the start of my reading list for my thesis:

Bond, Marybeth and Pamela Michael, Eds. A Mother’s World: Journeys of the Heart. Travelers’ Tales, Inc.: San Fransisco, 1998. (collection of personal essays, motherhood and travel)

David, Steph.  High Infatuation. The Mountaineer Books: Seattle, WA, 2007. (climbing)

*Dillard, Annie. An American Childhood. Harper & Row: New York, 1987. (memoir)

*Erdrich, Louise. The Blue Jay’s Dance. Harper Collins Publishers: New York, 1995. (motherhood memoir)

Franklin, Sarah, Ed. How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel. Seal Press: Berkley, CA, 2008. (collection of essays, motherhood and travel)

*Galvin, James. The Meadow. Henry Holt and Company: New York, 1992. (fiction, but mostly true, about a place in wyoming and its people)

Gore, Ariel. The Mother Trip. Seal Press: Emeryville, CA, 2000. (motherhood memoir/self-help)

*Kooser, Ted. Local Wonders. University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln, NE, 2002. (memoir)

Lamott, Anne. Operating Instructions. Randome House, Inc.: New York, 1993. (motherhood memoir)

*Marquart, Debra. The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere. Counterpoint: New York, 2006. (memoir)

*Miller, Donald. Through Painted Deserts. Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, 2005. (travel writing/Christian memoir)

*Ray, Janisse. The Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home. Milkweed Editions: Minneapolis, 2003. (nature writing/memoir)

Rich, Adrienne. Of Woman Born. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.: New York, 1976. (motherhood manifesto)

*Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. Crown Publishers: New York, 2005. (memoir of sorts, atypical)

*Sanders, Scott Russell. Hunting for Hope: A Father’s Journey. Beacon Press: Boston, 1998. (memoir/nature writing)

Steingraber, Sandra. Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood. Berkley Publishing Group: New York, 2001. (memoir/ecologist’s view on pregnancy, childbirth, infancy)

*Winner, Lauren. Girl Meets God. Random House, Inc.: New York, 2003. (conversion story/Christian memoir)

*my personal favorites–contains moments of incredibly beautiful writing.

KEEP SCROLLING! there are some other new additions below….