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scott-adlerberg's picture
Aug.14.2012
Far Away and Long Ago was written in 1918 by the English writer W.H. Hudson.  It is a memoir that seems almost odd today because it describes a happy childhood.  Hudson had a rich and interesting childhood spent with loving parents but few restrictions...
rachael-hanel's picture
Aug.13.2012
My favorite memoir is Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME. The subject matter intrigued me—Bechdel’s dad worked as a funeral director, and my dad was a gravedigger. I couldn’t wait to discover her perspective on life and death. What greeted me was the most expertly woven and dense memoir I’ve ever read....
madeline-sharples's picture
Aug.13.2012
I read a lot of memoirs. In the last few years I have been very much taken by Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking, Keith Richards’ Life, and Patty Smith’s Just Kids. But my favorite memoir right now is Everything I Never Wanted To Be by Dina Kucera (Dream of Things, 2011). Everything I Never...
marian-farago's picture
Aug.10.2012
To write a memoir means to recreate your family history in a hopefully significant way for others to appreciate. My two published memoirs cover the tragic and adventurous stories of my parents and their lost loved ones in the Holocaust in Hungary, our escape to the USA after a life lived under...
lucille-joyner's picture
Aug.09.2012
It was Tom Wolfe who called me at my home in Bergen County, New Jersey, and said, “Go get the story, Luce!” In his journalistic mind, I was the perfect person to cover the race riots in New Haven since it was my hometown and I had jammed and gigged on piano in the black jazz clubs around Yale...
alexander-besher's picture
Aug.09.2012
That would be my latest read, "Life," by Keith Richards of the Stones.  I would never believed it.  Guy is an artist, an engaging raconteur, a writer, civilized, uncouth, a gentleman and a pirate.  In other words, everything I aspire to be.  I was always a Beatles boy, never...
annielaural-lefaye's picture
Aug.08.2012
Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley is far and away my favorite memoir.  Kingsley is an intrepid explorer, displays an affectionate and wry sense of humor, and simply impresses me magnificently with her descriptions of adventures just before the turn of the last century in West Africa....
sharon-cathcart's picture
Aug.08.2012
Today's blog prompt took me by surprise.  I love to read memoirs (and I've even written a couple).  The greatest challenge was this:  how could I possibly pick just one? For example, I just finished Tony Danza's "I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I've Ever Had," in which he...
helen-gallagher's picture
Aug.08.2012
Ruth Reichel, former Gourmet Magazine editor, was asked to list her favorite food memoirs for an NPR interview. She, of course, listed M.F.K. Fisher, Anthony Bourdain, and Calvin Trillin's Tummy Trilogy. Too bad Ruth could not list her own, for they are my favorites. Both Comfort Me With Apples,...
lawrence-lihosit's picture
Aug.08.2012
From a very early age, most of us are fit with blinders, harnessed to a wagon and whipped to pull straight ahead, blinders tight. The Peace Corps reminds me of a wagon master who pulls on the reins, leans over to wrap them around the brake handle, climbs down and in one quick motion, rips the...