Family Papers | Memoir

Blue Box

Family histories, families in history, historic families, and a memoir about cochlear implant surgery at a later age.

Moms and Other Maydays | Memoir

DrunkMom

This month’s Memoir column features mothers and others of all types.

Mental Health Memoirs | Q&A with Clifton Crais & Linda Mary Wagner

Memoir writers Clifton Crais (History Lessons) and Linda Mary Wagner (Unearthing the Ghosts) discuss their books with LJ memoir columnist Thérèse Purcell Nielsen

Telling It True | Memoir

Bulletproof Vest

Since the stories we tell about ourselves become the blueprints for the myths about us, let’s be careful out there, memoirists. You define the story.

New Year, New Stories | Memoir

eve

For five of this month’s six authors, this is a second or third memoir. What motivates this sharing of the good, the bad, and the ugly of life?

Fun, Functional, and Dysfunctional Family Stories | Memoir

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This month, our memoirists spent time trying to figure out how to form—or stay part of—a family.

Keeping Score | Memoir

mermaid

Fall approaches. The boys of summer are winding it all down on the diamond and the gridiron guys are gearing up. Since my sport is reading, I’ve tallied up the major themes and attributes of this month’s six memoirs. Here are the scores: family stories six/six; tales of resilience six/six; woman memoirists five/six; damages of […]

Behind Closed Doors on Long Island | Memoir

Bough Down

Dylan told us all that “everything is gonna be diff’rent when I paint my masterpiece.” The belief that things could be different, even if they weren’t going to be perfect, carried many of this month’s memoirists through very trying times. Masterpieces are not always on canvas: here we glimpse families, houses, and careers that are themselves real works of art.

Memoir Is Storytelling | Memoir

Double Double

Last month I found something in blogland that summed up the ideal of memoir writing so elegantly that I have to get out of the way and let Dani Shapiro—whose memoir Devotion you should all run out and read right now—do the talking. What is the job of the memoirist? Is it to tell all? […]

Lost Halves, Lost Houses, and Lost Homes | Memoir Short Takes

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It’s a big world, and the number of stories out there reflects its immensity. This month’s memoirs contain tales of young lives formed and spent in places like the Hudson Valley, Chicago, Oakland, Louisiana, and Utah (with stints in Africa, Venice, and Antarctica). Was geography destiny for our memoirists? Does where you come from matter as […]

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