I ALWAYS THINK I’ve heard it all when it comes to writing productivity and tricking yourself, bargaining oneself, bribing oneself into it. And then I met Marita Golden, author of more than a dozen books, and I heard something entirely new: That terror could be tamed with a timer. She told be about what writing for ten minutes did for her. Okay, I said. Write it up. And she did. Let me introduce you. Marita’s newest book will be out soon, and we’ll hear from her again when its published, but right now, as spring is trying to spring and distract you in its beneficence, how about we all get a little work done?
I LEARN AS I READ as much as I learn as I write. Here is memoir news that taught me a thing or two this week. See what it does for you.
A beloved actor’s co-writer on what he learned writing with her
Top magazine editor scores a swell advance writing about writers
A famed – and controversial—memoirist is at it again, this time in essays
A second memoir is out from the author of Chanel Bonfire
A new memoir transcends the memoir and true crime genre
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NINE NEW MEMOIRS. Just the phrase sends little shivers up my arms and into my head, and suddenly I see myself under a pile of books. Maybe not everyone’s fantasy, but hey, I’m me. And when the recommendations come from Kirkus Reviews, the pinnacle of book sources, I’m good with it, far preferring and trusting them over most other “best of” lists. [Read more…]
AUTUMN IS WHEN THE SERIOUS books are published, and as much as I love a good summer read, I look forward to fall with the hunger of someone who has been living on sandwiches and now really needs a meal. Much like those movies that are considered Oscar-bait, books released late in the year are considered the real contenders for the big prizes, though how they will do in competition is of less concern to me than whether or not they are simply a good read. It looks like I’m in for a great season. [Read more…]
WHEN MOLLY WIZENBERG SPEAKS, I listen. And why not? An author of a best-selling memoir, a first-rate blogger and the author of a brand new memoir, she is also a redhead. So, I’m a fan and I am including her new book as one of my recommended memoirs of the season. And you? If you are not already a fan, this interview with her will make you one. [Read more…]
LIBRARY JOURNAL HAS just listed the best memoirs of 2013. I say hurrah and yippee, since not only do I love any good promo of great memoir, but also because the writers of several of these books have been guest bloggers here on The Memoir Project. [Read more…]