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!
As a writer, there is no one on the how-to scene quite like William Zinsser. If I were teaching writing, all of his books would be on the reading list. Read morePublished 2 months ago by maidindetroit
I gave it 4 stars since it has contributions from several memoir authors, and some were 5 stars, some were ok. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill
Great to read and lots of ideas for the aspiring writer who wants to pass on past memoriesPublished 5 months 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 5 months ago by Craig C. Brandau