The authors do stick to their assignment: Russell Baker credits his huge family with helping him "learn a lot about humanity from close-up observation"; Jill Ker Conway talks about her desire to write a female memoir that was not a romantic happily-ever-after; and Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses "want[ing] to write a book that imitated the specialness of black culture when no white people are around." But there is also plenty of advice for writers here, and some general thoughts about the genre. Conway addresses the difficulty of "going back as a historian" and trying to understand "all the things you took as a given when you were a child." Gates warns us to "be prepared for the revelation of things you don't even dream are going to come up." And Annie Dillard contemplates the strangeness of spending "more time writing about [a scene or an event] than you did living it." --Jane Steinberg
This is an excellent book on writing memoirs.
This book would be very helpful for anyone considering writing a memoir and it's a terrific cross-section of the genre for anyone wanting to read some of the best.
The writer of a memoir must become "the editor of his own life. He must cut and prune an unwieldy story" and give it shape.
This collection of advice from professional writers is perfect. When you see the different approaches of so many prominent writers, you begin to realize that you too can succeed... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Virginia C. Selanik
There is so much in this book, it's hard to pinpoint. That said, This book gives the writer an inside look at how to write a memoir, from about eight well known, established... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joan Bailey
I am using this book in an honors memoir writing class as a textbook and find the stories from the different authors insightful about the writing process.Published 7 months ago by granny chacha
Perhaps the best book on memoir writing I have ever read, or that has ever been written, since I go back to it each time I start again...NOthing like it anywhere. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pamela S. Wagner
I liked the discussion of many different aspects of non-fiction writing from a variety of authors providing insight into their craft.Published 10 months ago by Pablo Blanco
I moderate a "Write Your Life Story" Class at our local Senior Center. This book has been helpful to all the members.Published 12 months ago by TruthSeeker
Good enough but ddin't quite live up to what I was expecting. There was some new thughts about the subject but then again much was re-sttements of advice I have read/experienced... Read morePublished 14 months ago by coastalkate
Authors of well-known memoirs share how they went about writing them, and why. Interesting and stimulating stories. Read morePublished 19 months ago by T. L. Jones
This is an excellent book on writing memoirs. The authors describe how they wrote their own. I highly recommend it.Published 20 months ago by Barbara Y. Stewart