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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.
The lovely image above comes to us from The British Library Flickr stream.
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
This lovely image comes to us from The British Library Flickr stream
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
This lovely image comes to us from the British Library Flickr stream
The View from here is that fans of our favorite genre have every reason to believe that we have some good reading ahead. Have a look and see if all this new memoir and memoir news does not result in you making space on your nightside table.
Here’s how the Brevity magazine craft editor went from “anguished entries in a private journal” to publishing her fine new memoir
And here is the Brevity contest you want to enter, memoir writers
A memoir from a complicated brilliant man who finally triumphed over enormous adversity is coming out soon
A remarkable title and, apparently, an astonishing book
The Hollywood Reporter’s list of 3 Cool Books to Know This Week includes 2 memoirs
Love these photos? Me too. This one is courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
This week in memoir brought us the good, the bad, and some ugly news about our favorite genre. I don’t know about you, but after reading the tidbit I have listed first, you might have to go lie down. I did.
Self-proclaimed “Lab Girl” talks memoir on public radio
A fine memoir being “reshaped” for a young audience. But what does that mean, exactly?
A clever little book takes on the breakdown of a marriage and the meaning of hotels all under one cover
Peabody award-winning host of NPR show has out a new memoir on listening
So many war memoirs, but this one distinguishes itself mightily
Vulture’s list of 8 Books to Read This April contains one breathtaking memoir
This answers the big question I get all the time on the legality of writing memoir
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?