I have finished reading Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen. Here is a memoir written by someone who has many reasons to be quite grateful for the hand life has dealt her. It seems she has a loving family, a successful marriage, and a long, fulfilling career. Sure there were some trials along the way. She had to take interrupt her college education to take care of her dying mother for a while, for instance. On the whole, though, I would say, "a pretty charmed life." I have enjoyed several of her other books (Every Last One, Black and Blue, One True Thing) so I hope that Anna Quindlen goes on lighting those candles and eating that birthday cake.
And and the not so charmed life front, I read Jeannette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal?, another memoir by another successful author although I am not familiar with her work. I found it interesting because she is so thoughtful and forgiving about a fairly harsh life. The final reunion with her birth mother was poignant if not the healing experience she hoped for.
Memoirs seem to be every where these days. I admit that I kind of like this take on the genre.