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…]
YOU KNOW THIS PICTURE. You’ve seen it a lot this week, and countless times before that and if, like me, you saw this image live, on television, after being kept home from school during that dreadful week, you remember this scene in motion. But look to the right margin, to the man just to the right of the hanging microphone, almost directly under that microphone’s shadow. In this photo, he is a young reporter doing his job.
Let me introduce you to Maurice Carroll (though I know him as Mickey). To date, he has worked for nine newspapers, including The New York Times, which is where we met in the 1970’s, when I was a copykid and he was one of the best political reporters in the world. We’ve been friends ever since.
His new book, Accidental Assassin, Jack Ruby and 4 Minutes in Dallas, is just out. Part memoir, and all powerful reporting, it will set straight most of what you might think went on in that terrible time in Dallas.
Next up in Writing Lessons is Josh Hanagarne, author of the marvelous book, The World’s Strongest Librarian. If you don’t know the book, you will. It’s getting a lot of well-earned attention. After reading this, I think you’ll agree you need to read more. Here is Josh on one of my favorite topics – the first draft. He is part of a group of fine writers you will meet here, all of whom are going to teach us a thing or two about writing memoir. Each entry in Writing Lessons includes a piece on how to write memoir, an excerpt, and a chance to win the featured book. Read to the end for more. [Read more…]