Blog #81: Updated List of Patremoirs

Below is my latest patremoir list, and already it needs updating. I’ve just come across Larry Elder’s Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives…Eight Hours, and I lack the discipline to renumber all the entries after inserting that book. I’ll just tack the Elder to the back of the list as an addendum. My plan is to put a link to the patremoir list at the top of every future blog entry, and to add to the addendum section as new patremoirs are brought to my attention. I’ll do the same with matremoirs.


1) Abad, Hector. Oblivion: A Memoir (2010)
2) Abbot, Shirley. The Bookmaker’s Daughter: A Memory Unbound (1991)
3) Ackerley, J.R. My Father and Myself (1968)
4) Agosin, Marjorie. Always From Somewhere Else: A Memoir of My Chilean Jewish Father (2000)
5) Amis, Martin. Experience: A Memoir (2000)
6) Anderson, Walter. Meant to Be (2003)
7) Auster, Paul. The Invention of Solitude (1982)
8] Barrett, Mary Ellen. Irving Berlin: A Daughter’s Memoir (2004)
9) Bechdel, Allison. Fun Home (2006, graphic narrative)
10) Beck, Martha Nibley. Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith (2005)
11) Bergman, Susan. Anonymity: The Secret Life of an American Family (1994)
12) Berliner, Alan. Nobody’s Business (1997, documentary film)
13) Bissell, Tom. The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam (2007)
14) Blaise, Clark. I Had a Father: A Post-Modern Autobiography (1993)
15) Bloland, Sue Erikson. In the Shadow of Fame: A Memoir by the Daughter of Erik H. Erikson (2005)
16) Brant, Ginny Dent. Finding True Freedom (2010)
17) Bragg, Rick. The Prince of Frogtown (2008)
18) Brautigan, Ianthe. You Can’t Catch Death: A Daughter’s Memoir (2001)
19) Broyard, Bliss. One Drop: My Father, His Family, and an Unusual Inheritance (2007)
20) Bruhns, Wibke. My Father’s Country: The Story of a German Family (2009)
21) Brynner, Rock. Yul: The Man Who Would Be King: A Memoir of Father and Son (1989)
22) Burnside, John. A Lie About My Father (2006)
23) Burroughs, Augusten. A Wolf at the Table (2007)
24) Campbell, Bebe Moore. Sweet Summer Growing Up With and Without My Dad (1989)
25) Carcaterra, Lorenzo. A Safe Place: The Story of a Father, a Son, a Murder (1993)
26) Carlin, David. Our Father Who Wasn’t There (2010)
27) Carroll, James. An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us (1996)
28) Chandler, Kurt. Shaving Lessons: A Memoir of Father and Son (2000)
29) Charnas, Suzy McKee. My Father’s Ghost: The Return of My Old Man and Other Second Chances: A Memoir (2002)
30) Cheever, Susan. Home Before Dark: A Biographical Memoir of John Cheever (1985)
31) Cheney, Mary B. Now It’s My Turn: A Daughter’s Chronicle of Political Life (2006)
32) Cohen, Elizabeth. The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting (2003)
33) Colby, Carl. The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, C.I.A. Spymaster William Colby (2011, documentary film)
34) Collins, Julia. My Father’s War (2003)
35) Conlon-McIvor, Maura. FBI Girl: How I learned to Crack My Father’s Code (2004)
36) Cooper, Bernard. The Bill From My Father: A Memoir (2006)
37) Corbett, William. Furthering My Education: A Memoir (1997)
38) Cousteau, Jean-Michel, with Daniel Paisner. My Father, The Captain: My Life with Jacques Cousteau (2010)
39) Crystal, Billy. 700 Sundays (2005)
40) Davis, Lennard. Go Ask Your Father: One Man’s Obsession with Finding his Origins Through DNA Testing (2009)
41) Davis, Patti. The Long Goodbye (2004)
42) Day, Clarence. Life With Father (1935)
43) DeMeo, Albert. For the Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life (2002)
44) De Milly, Walter A, III. In My Father’s Arms: A True Story of Incest (1999)
45) Dericotte, Toi. The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011, poems)
46) Dickey, Christopher. Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son (1999)
47) Downing, Lee E. A. A Forgotten Horseman: A Son’s Weekend Memoir (2006)
48) Durcan, Paul. Daddy, Daddy (1990, poems)
49) Dubus III, Andre. Townie: A Memoir (2011)
50) Elliott, Aiyana. The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack (2000, documentary film)
51) Elliott, Chris. Daddy’s Boy. A Son’s Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father. With Rebuttals by Bob Elliott (1989)
52) Edmonds, Walter Dumaux. Tales My Father Never Told Me (1995)
53) Fante, Dan. Fante: A Family’s Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving (2011)
54) Feder, Chris Welles. In My Father’s Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles (2009)
55) Felix, Charles Reis. Through a Portagee Gate (2004)
56) Fiorito, Joe. The Closer We Are to Dying (1999)
57) Fisher, David. Six Million and One (2011, documentary film)
58) Fisher-Alaniz, Karen. Breaking the Code: A Father’s Secret, a Daughter’s Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything (2011)
59) Flynn, Nick. Another Bullshit Night In Suck City (2004)
60) Forna, Aminatta. The Devil That Danced On the Water: A Daughter’s Memoir (2010)
61) Franks, Lucinda. My Father’s Secret War (2007)
62) Fraser, Sylvia. My Father’s House (1987)
63) Frayn, Michael. My Father’s Fortune: A Life (2010)
64) Freadman, Richard. Shadow of Doubt: My Father and Myself (2003)
65) Friedman, Bryan. The Bodybuilder and I (2007, documentary film)
66) Funderburg, Lise. Pig Candy; Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home: A Memoir (2008)
67) Gaita, Raimond. Romulus, My Father (1988)
68) Gelber, Carlo. Father and I (2000)
69) Gerard, Andre (editor). Fathers: A Literary Anthology (2011, anthology)
70) Giesbert, Franz-Olivier. The American: A Memoir (2005)
71) Gordon, Mary. The Shadow Man (1996)
72) Gosse, Edmund. Father and Son (1907)
73) Grant, Jennifer. Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant (2011)
74) Greene, Bob. Duty: A Father, A Son, and the Man Who Won the War (2000)
75) Greer, Germaine. Daddy We Hardly Knew You (1990)
76) Hammett, Jo. Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers (2001)
77) Harrison, Kathryn: The Kiss (1997)
78) Haugse, John E. Heavy Snow: My Father’s Disappearance in to Alzheimer’s (1998)
79) Hays, David, and Daniel Hays. My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail around Cape Horn (1995)
80) Heller, Erica Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22 (2011)
81) Hemingway, Gregory H. Papa: A Personal Memoir (1976)
82) Hill, Dan. I Am My Father’s Son: A Memoir of Love and Forgiveness (2009)
83) Hill, Gregg, and Gina Hill. On the Run: A Mafia Childhood (2004)
84) Hinshaw, Stephen P. The Years of Silence Are Past: My Father’s Life with Bipolar Disorder (2002)
85) Hiss, Tony. The View from Alger’s Window: A Son’s Memoir (1999)
86) Hochschild, Adam. Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son (1986)
87) Hoffman, Richard. Half the House: A Memoir (1995)
88) Holder, Doug. Wrestling With My Father (2005)
89) Holiff, Jonathan. My Father and the Man in Black (2012, documentary film)
90) Howey, Noelle. Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods: My Mother’s, My Father’s, and Mine (2002)
91) Imlach, Gary. My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes (2005)
92) Itzkoff, Dave. Cocaine’s Son: A Memoir (2011)
93) Iyer, Pico. The Man Within My Head: Graham Greene, My Father and Me (2012)
94) Jamison, Dirk. Perishable: A Memoir (2006)
95) Jeal, Tim. Swimming With My Father (2005)
96) Johnston, Jill. England’s Child: The Carillon and the Casting of Big Bells (2008)
97) Johnston, Wayne. Baltimore’s Mansion (1999)
98) Kahn, Nathaniel. My Architect (2003, documentary film)
99) Karbo, Karen. The Stuff of Life: A Daughter’s Memoir (2003)
100) Keith, Michael. The Next Better Place: A Father and Son on the Road (2003)
101) Keyes, Ralph. ed. Sons on Fathers: A Book of Men’s Writing (1992, anthology)
102) Kiss, Judit. The Summer My Father Died (2012)
103) Kobak, Annette. Joe’s War: My Father Decoded: A Daughter’s Search for Her Father’s War (2004)
104) Kunstler, Sara and Emily. William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009, documentary film)
105) Kureishi, Hanif. My Ear At His Heart (2010)
106) Kurzem, Mark. The Mascot: Unraveling the Mystery of My Jewish Father’s Nazi Boyhood (2008)
107) Lachenmeyer, Nathaniel. The Outsider: A Journey Into My Father’s Struggle With Madness (2000)
108) Lagnado, Lucette. The Man In the White Sharkskin Suit (2007)
109) Landon, Maria. Daddy’s Little Earner (2008)
110) Lane, Patrick. There Is a Season (2004)
111) Langer, Adam. My Father’s Bonus March (2009)
112) Lardner, Kate. Shut Up, He Explained: The Memoir of a Blacklisted Kid (2004)
113) Lazar, Zachary. Evening’s Empire (2009)
114) Lee, J.J. The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, A Son, and a Suit (2011)
115) Lee, Li-Young. The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (1995)
116) Lelyveld, Joseph. Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop (2005)
117) Lenney, Dinah. Bigger Than Life: A Murder, A Memoir (2006)
118) Lesley, Craig. Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood (2005)
119) Lockridge, Larry. Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr. (1994)
120) Ludin, Malte. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Him (2005 German, 2007 English, documentary film)
121) Mackintosh, Ross. Seeds (2011, graphic narrative)
122) Maguire, Toni. Don’t Tell Mommy (2007)
123) Martin, Deana, with Wendy Holden. Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin through the Eyes of his Daughter (2004)
124) Martin, Lee. From Our House: A Memoir (2001)
125) Martin, Sandra (editor): The First Man in My Life (2007. Anthology. Of particular interest to readers of Fathers: A Literary Anthology are the Margaret Atwood introduction and a piece about Mordecai Richler by his daughter Emma.)
126) Mason, Jeffrey: My Father’s Guru (1998)
127) Matthews, Sebastian. In My Father’s Footsteps: A Memoir (2004)
128) Mathews, Tom. Our Fathers’ Wars: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation (2005)
129) Mayer, Musa. Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston (1988)
130) McCloskey, Jane. Robert McCloskey: A Private Life In Words and Pictures (2011)
131) McElroy, Gil. Cold Comfort: Growing Up Cold War (2012)
132) McEnroe, Colin. My Father’s Footprints (2003)
133) McKee, Steve. My Father’s Heart: A Son’s Journey (2008)
134) Mehta, Ved. Daddyji (1972)
135) Miller, Sue. The Story of My Father: A Memoir (2004)
136) Miller, Susan J. Never Let Me Down (1999)
137) Moore, Dinty. Between Panic and Desire (2010)
138) Moore, Honor. The Bishop’s Daughter: A Memoir (2008)
139) Moore, Melissa G. Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter (2009)
140) Morris, Bob. Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double-Dating with My Dad (2008)
141) Morrison, Blake. And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1993)
142) Mortimer, John. A Voyage Round My Father (1963, play)
143) Muir, Sharona Ben-Tov. The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father’s Lies (2008)
144) Munro, Eleanor. Memoir of a Modernist’s Daughter (1989)
145) Mussolini, Romano. My Father, Il Duce: A Memoir by Mussolini’s Son (2006)
146) Naipaul, VS. Between Father and Son: Family Letters (1991, letters)
147) Nichols, Donald. Currency of the Heart: A Year of Investing, Death, Work, and Coins (2002)
148) Nuland, Sherwin. Lost in America: A Journey with My Father (2003)
149) Offit, Sidney. Memoir of the Bookies Son (2003)
150) Olds, Sharon. The Father (1993, poems)
151) Oliver, Anna Cypra. Assembling My Father: A Daughter’s Detective Story (2004)
152) Ollestad, Norman. Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival (2009)
153) Ondaatje, Christopher. The Man Eater of Punanai: A Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon (1992)
154) Ondaatje, Michael. Running in the Family (1996)
155) O’Neill, Paul, with Burton Rocks. Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir (2003)
156) Orlove, Ben. In My Father’s Study (1995)
157) Owen, Ursula (editor). Fathers: Reflections by Daughters (1985, anthology)
158) Ozma, Alice. The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared (2011)
159) Packer, George. Blood of the Liberals (2000)
160) Packer, Nancy Huddleston. In My Father’s House: Tales of an Uncomfortable Man (1988, essays)
161) Palmer, Augusta. The Hand of Fatima (2009, documentary film)
162) Patten, Bill. My Three Fathers (2008)
163) Peck, Scott. An All-American Boy (1995)
164) Pollack, Martin. The Dead Man In the Bunker: A Report On My Father (2006)
165) Pool, Hannah. My Father’s Daughter: A Story of Family and Belonging (2009)
166) Pratt, James Michael. Dad: The Man Who Lied to Save the Planet: Twelve Timeless Virtues Handed Down to a Son by an Everyday Dad (2003)
167) Puller, Lewis B., Jr. Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet (1991)
168) Queenan, Joe. Closing Time: A Memoir (2009)
169) Reagan, Maureen. First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir (1989)
170) Richardson, John H. My Father the Spy (2005)
171) Richmond, Peter. My Father’s War: A Son’s Journey (1996)
172) Rips, Michael. The Face of a Naked Lady: An Omaha Family Mystery (2005)
173) Roth, Marco. The Scientists: A Family Romance (2012)
174) Roth, Philip. Patrimony (1991)
175) Russert, Tim. Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life (2004)
176) Sabar, Ariel. My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq (2008)
177) Salinger, Margaret. Dreamcatcher: A Memoir (2000)
178) Segre, Claudio G. Atoms, Bombs, and Eskimo Kisses: A Memoir of Father and Son (1995)
179) Seth (Gregory Gallant): Bannock, Beans, and Black Tea: Memories of a Prince Edward Island Childhood During the Great Depression (2004, graphic narrative)
180) Seymour, Miranda. In My Father’s House: Elegy for an Obsessive Love (2007)
181) Sheehan, Andrew. Chasing the Hawk: Looking for My Father, Finding Myself (2001)
182) Silverman, Sue. Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (1996)
183) Silvestri, Stefania. Beside the Mountain:Finding Strengh and Courage Through My Father’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (2012)
184) Simpkins, Daphne. The Long Good Night: My Father’s Journey into Alzheimer’s (2003)
185) Skakun, Michael. On Burning Ground: A Son’s Memoir (1999)
186) Smith, Cathryn E. The Glory Walk: A Memoir (2003)
187) Smith, Janna Malamud. My Father Is a Book (2006)
188) Solomon, Dorothy Allred. Daughters of the Saints: Growing Up in Polygamy (2004)
189) Sontag, Rachel. House Rules (2009)
190) Spiegelman, Art. Maus (1991, graphic narrative)
191) Stafford, Kim. Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford (2003)
192) Steinberg, Neil. Don’t Give Up the Ship: Finding My Father While Lost at Sea (2002)
193) Steinman, Louise. The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father’s War (2002)
194) Styron, Alexandra. Reading My Father (2012)
195) Taber, Sara Mansfield. Born Under An Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter (2012)
196) Taitz, Sonia. The Watchmaker’s Daughter (2012)
197) Talbot, Margaret. The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century (2012)
198) Talbot, Mary, with Talbot, Bryan. Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes (2012, graphic narrative)
199) Taseer, Aatish. Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands (2009)
200) Thomsen, Moritz. My Two Wars (1996)
201) Thorndike, John. The Last of his Mind: A Year In the Shadow of Alzheimer’s (2009)
202) Toews, Miriam. Swing Low (2000)
203) Toffey, John J. IV. Jack Toffey’s War: A Son’s Memoir (2008)
204) Trillin, Calvin. Messages From My Father (1996)
205) Tripp, Nathaniel. Father, Soldier, Son: Memoir of a Platoon Leader in Vietnam (1998)
206) Trussoni, Danielle. Falling through the Earth: A Memoir (2006)
207) Tsing Loh, Sandra. Aliens in America (1997, essays)
208-210) Tyler, Carol. You’ll Never Know: Books 1-3 (2009, 2010, 2012, graphic narratives)
211) Warner, Jay. Nothing Left to Burn (2010)
212) Waugh, Alexander. Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family (2007)
213) Wah, Fred. Diamond Grill (1996)
214) Washington-Williams, Essie Mae, with William Stadiem. Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond (2005)
215) Wertime, Richard. Citadel on the Mountain: A Memoir of Father and Son (2000)
216) West, Paul. My Father’s War (2005)
217) Wexler, Mark. Tell Them Who You Are (2004, documentary film)
218) Wickersham, Joan. The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order (2008)
219) Wideman, John Edgar. Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society (1994)
220) Williams, Gregory Howard. Life On the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black (1995)
221) Williams, Thomas Chatterton. Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-hop Culture (2010)
222) Wiwa, Ken. In the Shadow of A Saint (2000)
223) Wolf, Naomi. The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love, and See (2005)
224) Wolff, Geoffrey. The Duke of Deception (1979)
225) Yang, Belle. Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale (2010, graphic narrative)


1) Elder, Larry. Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives…Eight Hours (2012)
2) Barnett, Bonnie. Bobo’s Daughter: One Woman’s Journey to Find Hope, Healing, and the Father Behind the Face Paint (2010)
3) Abbott, Alysia. Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father (2013)
4) Sandell, Laurie. The Imposter’s Daughter (2009, graphic narrative)
5) Fitzpatrick, Sheila. My Fathers Daughter: Memoirs of an Australian Childhood (2010)
6) Hainey, Michael. After Visiting Friends (2013)
7) Sullivan, John Jeremiah. Blood Horses: Notes of A Sportswriter’s Son (2004)
8) Birkenhead, Peter. Gonville (2010)
9) Bellow, Greg. Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir (2013)
10) Wicks, Susan. Driving My Father (1997)

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