We love to read life stories. We read them to escape. We read them to better understand ourselves and the world we live in. We read them to find out how other people manage life, filled as it always is with hardships, challenges and joys. Described as an interrogation of consciousness rather than of fact, memoir is the form of the personal essay that most directly tries to explore and convey a history of the writer's own life and experiences - a job usually done in a more disguised form by fiction.