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SHE WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE in high school who said things like, “Well, I’m sure someone will dance with you if you wear that dress.” She ended the quote with the kind of broad smile that looked like scenery more than it resembled reality, but you were young and vulnerable and were too busy changing your dress to think it through. [Read more…]
AS A MEMOIR COACH, I work with clients all over the world, teasing out their stories, reading whole manuscripts, restructuring works, performing content edits, serving as a writing coach, cajoling next sentences/paragraphs/chapters from eager writers, and more. And that’s the easy part. The hard part is helping someone determine exactly how to tell a tale. After all, there are myriad forms of memoir. And just when I think I know them all, along comes another one. This time it’s “essayistic memoir.” [Read more…]
THERE IS LOTS OF MEMOIR NEWS this week and, at least according to me, all of it is good. The New York Times has announced a new weekly column in the form of an essay on a topic that is long overdue for examination. There are new books coming out in the fall, including one by pretty much everyone’s favorite American rock and roller; there is one celebrity memoir in the pipeline that I think we can all agree will be big; and earth itself is getting a good, hard, book-length look. And more. So read on. [Read more…]
“WHY SHOULD I READ BOOK REVIEWS?” A client asked me this recently. Let me count the reasons, for there are many, starting with the simplest and most direct of them – and let’s hope that written here it sounds slightly kinder than it probably sounded via telephone earlier this week. [Read more…]
LIKE MANY OTHER PEOPLE I KNOW, I have spent much of this summer reading the 1,600 plus pages of Elena Ferrante’s four Neopolitan novels. And like all of those people, I have simultaneously watched the other books I need/want/intend to read pile up, Collier-brothers-like, around me. Here’s a little peek into what else is going on in the world of publishing. Let me know how they are as I finish the last pages of Ferrante’s astonishing works.
Robert Gotleib’s dish within dish within dish comes in the form of an excerpt from his upcoming memoir on New York publishing.
You remember Tama Janowitz. Apparently she did not particularly enjoy being semi-famous, and writes about that – and more – in her new memoir.
J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is getting lots of press, including this New York Times review.
This sounds like a tremendous personal history of racism.
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