Check out the ever-expanding Biography section of any bookstore, and you'll see a selection of personal memoirs with self-deprecating, often self-explanatory titles: Fat Girl, Welfare Brat, Hypocrite in a Poufy White Dress. Who are all these people writing about themselves? you may wonder. And what makes them more interesting than me?
There's a common perception that, to write a memoir, you need to have "been through" something -- no one's going to rush out and buy a manuscript about Jane or Joe Schmo's Kodak moments growing up in the leafy suburbs.