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The view from here is that a stint in the United States Senate has too much in common with a barroom brawl: Irrational, brutal and frequently serving no one, it can seem without merit. But then comes Barbara Boxer’s new memoir, reminding us of her forty-year fight for women, families and the environment, and even a hothead like I am can feel a little bit better. See what these new memoir do for your own savage beast.
Barbara Boxer’s new memoir reflects on four decades in public office.
Hall and Oates’ John Oates on his life in music.
Oh, for the love of bread, and its absence, this book got written.
Two writers, part memoir, part cookbook. The result? Yum.
The toll of sexism in women’s lives can be measured, and is, in this new memoir.
The great Susan Faludi as you’ve never seen her, on her father and the life he led.
And because Father’s Day is coming up, here is a little gift — another take on fathers in a fine essay by Jill Smolowe.
The marvelous print above comes to us via the British Library’s Flickr stream.
WRITING ADVICE IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. I know, I am a memoir coach, and I treat each of the problems of my clients as if they are my own. The truth is that we all need someone to whom to pitch our stuff, listen to our drafts and be invested in our … [Continue reading]
The way The New York Review of Books sees it, some are born to be warriors, or so it is written in a recent essay on a warrior memoir. What do you think? And does the same apply to other professions and lifestyles? Are we born to what we do? If so, … [Continue reading]
MY VIEW OF THE WORLD is always seen through the lens of whether or not something would make good copy. After all, so much of life informs our writing. I mean there is family, after all. Ah, family. I recently was heard to say to one of my family … [Continue reading]
AS MAY ROLLS ALONG, many of you are planning to ship out for summer and choosing what to pack for that beach bag of sandy reading. The way I see it, it’s going to be a very good summer, indeed, though you might need to carry an extra bag to the sand … [Continue reading]
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? I mean, have you noticed the growing popularity of writing about the makings of memoir, its nuts and bolts, levers and gimcracks? It’s all very meta or something, but I try to cull through it each week for you and bring you … [Continue reading]