Looking for examples of memoirs online

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iron9567

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Hello,
I have been working on an outline on an memoir for the past few months now. All the information is drawn out for the most part. The bits that I don't have so far I'll fill in as I go.
This WIP is about my life from a kid up to this point. I am not really worried about selling a lot of this book. That's why I am going to pay to get it self published. I just want to test the waters to see if writing books is what I am meant to do. It's strange I'm sure to some people out there. I just need to know for sure if this is what I want to do before I invest a lot of time and energy coming up with an original idea first.
So to the point of the reason why I decided to create this thread. I have gotten to the point where I want to start on the first draft of this WIP. After thinking about it a few days I realized that every thing I came up with sounds like every same old boring start of an autobiography or memoir out there. I am a firm believer in the idea that if you are going to write a book then you need to start off strong. If the beginning is weak then why should the reader continue reading on. So what I am asking is if there is any memoirs online that I can read for free that anyone knows about. You can pm the links to me or post them in this thread either way is fine. I just want to take a look at a couple to get some ideas on what works and what doesn't. I don't have the time to be able to go to the local library to check out books so online is the only options I have at this point. I prefer average joes over famous people. How ever I'll take links to any memoirs I can get my hands on. At the end of the day either one will help me with what I want to work on.
Thanks a lot to anyone that tries to help me with this thread I really appreciate it.
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the iron man
 

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Check the syw section. Many people post their first chapters. Also look at google books. And then check querytracker forums "first five pages" section.
 

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You can also go into Amazon, click on "Books," then type in "memoir" and scroll down past the celebrities, find one that sounds interesting, and click on "Look Inside."

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Thanks a lot for getting back so fast. i really do appreciate the time and effort it took to respond back to me. I will have to try out the suggestions when I get more time.
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the iron man
 

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