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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.
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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 success. That is the first thing I tell every young writer. I met Sarah Corday through my coaching business and, it turns out, I was not the only writer she listened to. She also follows the advice of the inimitable Nora Ephron, one of the truly greats, whose writing lives on despite her tragic death. My writing advice? Listen to Nora whenever you can. But right now, listen to Sarah, whose new book I just got in mail. [Read more…]
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, think of your memoir writing as your birthright and, after you read through this list of the week’s best memoir news, get back to typing.
A New York Review of Books’ recent essay on those born to be warriors.
Another rocker memoir? Really? Let’s see how he holds up against Keith Richards and Patti Smith.
A funny – the funniest? – book about alcoholism? So says Paste.
A master of food writing on food writing and the memoir she is working on.
Love celebrity memoir? Here’s a guide to the old, new and upcoming memoirs of the famous.
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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 members regarding our family’s Queen of Passive Aggression, aka Sniper From the Sidelines, aka The One Who Never Calls No Matter What Your Trauma, “Remind her, please, what I do for a living. And that I am taking notes.” And I hope you are taking notes, as well. If not, maybe these new books will inspire you to do so.
Hitchcock’s most famous blonde writes it all for you.
Of the Wall Street Journal‘s list of Summer Books about animals, one features a man eating worms.
In case you have not heard enough, seen enough, never can get enough of the Gilmore girls, this one’s for you.
A self-described binge-baker tells all. Again.
This piece in the New Statesman claims that Moby has reinvented the music memoir.
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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 and sea to accommodate all the good, new memoir to read.
A primer in how to combine dark humor with unspeakable grief
Oh, how we love this man. Oh, how we hope to love his memoir
Matthew Broderick and Shirley MacLaine are teaming up to bring this fine memoir to TV. You might want to read it first
A fine, new graphic memoir on one of life’s great stress-producers
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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 only what will help your work. See what you think about this week’s offerings.
Here’s news on a breathtaking Holocaust memoir
You might want to enter this memoir contest
Child star of the movie Matilda (turned Twitter star) has written a memoir due out in September
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