5 Diaries We’d Much Rather Read than Our Own

Motherhood, marathons, Marxism—these aren't the precious diaries of our childhoods.


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My first diary (at age 9) came with a pink cover, a flimsy key, and irritatingly small spaces to fill in. It’s no longer in my possession, and for this I’m grateful. If you’ve ever been tempted to rifle through such a journal, you’ve probably also been tempted to light a match and watch the pages disappear. This roundup of published diaries, however, will have the opposite effect. Fiery in tone, inventive in form, containing unexpected insights and revelations, their authors illuminate hidden worlds. And as readers, we time-travel across centuries and continents to enter their intimate daily spheres.

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About Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper

LARA TUPPER is the author of A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea, and co-author of the screenplay adaptation. Her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial), The Believer, Epiphany, fivechapters and other literary magazines. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she taught at Rutgers University for nine years and now presents writing workshops and retreats. A jazz/​pop singer, Lara has crooned in a number of Middle Eastern and Asian cities. She is a proud member of the Authors Guild and the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club). Follow her on Twitter at @LaraTupper.