Bullying, Relocating, Observing, Inventing | Memoir

Among this month’s memoirs is one that explores what it means to remember and thus questions the very nature of writing a memoir. It is destined to become a modern American classic.

Gazing, Grazing, Homesteading, Reasoning | Memoir

Reasons To Stay Alive

This month’s column looks at an essential book on depression, the story of a man trying to turn himself into a goat, and a tale of modern-day homesteading. Comedian Michael Ian Black also weighs in on bodies, illness, and aging.

Dads, Death, Disasters, Drinking | Memoir

This Is Only a Test

November’s memoir picks are a bit of a hodgepodge perhaps, but also a fine slice of contemporary American memoir.

A Life of One’s Own | Memoir

The theme of this month’s memoir column is upbringing and what one does with it.

Four Quality First-Timers | Memoir

Four remarkable memoir debuts from a playwright, a hoarder (maybe), a brother, and a grandson.

Faulty Families | Memoir

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

There’s not a dud in this batch of brand-new memoirs about families functional and dysfunctional.

Those Were the Daze | Memoir

The Rainman's Third Cure

The spirit of the Sixties hovers over all of the books in this month’s memoir column.

Laughing at Life | Memoir

All the Wrong Places

The authors of this month’s memoirs are preoccupied with coming to terms with the impact others, especially family members, have on us. But there’s a lot of humor here too.

Life, Death, War, and Peace | Memoir

Rise

While the majority of this month’s memoirs touch in some way on war in the traditional sense of armed conflict against a known and defined enemy, many focus on battle in the metaphorical sense—the war within, the fights we undergo to define who we are.