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Imagined Diaries Take You to New Places

We all like peeking into someone else's diary, don't we? It's fascinating to read fictional true-life stories, often learning deep dark secrets - the ultimate in storytelling. Below are authors who use the reader's penchant for being nosy to their best advantage.

 

The Illumination

In a mysterious event called "the Illumination," all human wounds, surface and internal, glow with an effervescent light so that everyone can seen them. Then a journal of love letters found after a fatal car accident is passed among five people who are hurting. They each find something within its pages to help them heal. The journal readers' connections are intricately woven and magnificently done.

 

The Memoirs of Helen of Troy

Everyone thinks they know the story of the beautiful Helen of Troy, who caused the war between Sparta and Troy. But this time her story is told from her point of view. Forced to marry a man for political reasons, Helen struggles with her loveless marriage, longing for affection until fate intervenes with unfortunate consequences

 

Shadow Tag

When Irene realizes her husband is reading her diary, she decides to keep two, the Red Diary "hidden" where he can find it, and the Blue Notebook kept in a safe deposit box. The story moves back and forth between the two journals, telling the tale of Irene's descent into alcoholism, the dissolution of her marriage, and how each of her three children cope with the consequences of their parents' actions. A poignant, moving story of a family's unraveling.

 

The Walk

This is the first of a planned series that follows formerly successful advertising executive Alan Christofferson. After a series of unfortunate circumstances Alan is alone, jobless, homeless, and penniless. He decides to leave it all behind and walk as far as he can from his current location in Washington state. His final destination is Key West Florida, and this novel follows Alan on the first leg of his journey.

 

The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

All of the intrigue, sex, and conflict that you thought was going on behind the scenes in Camelot is played out expertly in this novel. Just remember, this is fiction...

 

The Diary of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson's poetry was not discovered until after her death, leaving her readers wondering about the thoughts, feelings, and inspirations for her writing. This novel is based on Emily's diary, found many years after her death, hidden in a wall of her house. Excerpts from the diary and her poems are combined with fictional tales of connections between the two.

 

Memoirs of a Geisha

No list of memoir fiction would be complete without this title. Strikingly beautiful in its prose, this novel draws you in and transports you to the heyday of geishas in Japan. You learn what life was like behind the scenes, the training and the suffering they endured to become the ultimate icon of womanliness in their culture.

 

Memoirs of Pontius Pilate

At the end of his life, an exiled Pontius Pilate reflects upon his life, his deeds, and the one man he hated more than any other, but cannot forget.

 

The True Memoirs of Little K

A ballerina with the Russian Imperial Ballet, 100-year-old Mathilde Kschessinksa was also the mistress of Tsar Nicholas II. Her memoirs tell the story of the Russian Revolution from a unique point of view.

 

Land Mines

Just when she thought she had everything, Carolyn's life was shattered when her husband left her for his yoga instructor. Over the next three years she keeps track of her feelings, successes, and failures in her divorce journal. You'll follow along on her journey, one that is completely authentic and relatable.