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
What one writer says that doesn't speak to you, another will fully make up for.
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.
All of the authors share their inner thoughts about why they decided to create the memoirs they are known for and how they did it!
I gave it 4 stars since it has contributions from several memoir authors, and some were 5 stars, some were ok. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Bill
Great to read and lots of ideas for the aspiring writer who wants to pass on past memoriesPublished 29 days ago by Annabelle
I've been on a Zinsser binge of late and really enjoy this collection of memoirist and their insights into their writing processes.Published 1 month ago by Craig C. Brandau
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 8 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 10 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 10 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 12 months ago by Pamela S. Wagner