Memoir Short Takes: Food, Drink, and DNA

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The first few weeks of a new year make for a good time to review the work this column does. Reviewing memoir is tricky stuff, and a review is not a referendum on the writer’s life. A loathsome life story beautifully told? Great. A life of virtue predictably related? Nope. Like I’ve said before: it’s […]

Best Books 2012: Memoir

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Busch, Benjamin. Dust to Dust. Ecco: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062014849. $25.95; eISBN  9780062096784. Busch addresses the sustaining value of art in the face of life and death from the perspective of one who has been to war. (LJ 3/1/12) Cusk, Rachel. Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation. Farrar. ISBN 9780374102135. $23; eISBN 9781466820180. This memoir is full of […]

Memoir Short Takes: What Happened?

It can take a long time to answer a simple question: What happened? Good memoir writing takes facts and makes sense of them; great memoir writing takes emotions and does the same. This month’s memoirs all take a hard look back at events that begged for explanation. Was the process therapeutic for the writers? Perhaps. […]

Memoir Short Takes: Fathers at the Fore

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Father’s Day has come and gone but this month’s batch of books includes several ruminations on the roles of fathers in modern life and—more importantly—in the lives of these memoirists. There’s a Great Santini-like figure, a gay dad trying to figure it all out, and an angry father brooding post-divorce. Aside from their shared fatherhood, […]

Memoir Short Takes: Stories Broad and Narrow

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Memoir Short Takes: Stories Broad and Narrow

Memoir Short Takes: Family Stories

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Memoir Short Takes: Family Stories

Memoir Short Takes: Growing Up and Growing Old

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Memoir Short Takes: Growing Up and Growing Old

Memoir Short Takes: the Perils of Cancer, Home Renovation, and Historical Reenactment

Memoir Short Takes: the Perils of Cancer, Home Renovation, and Historical Reenactment

Memoir Short Takes: BFFs, Agorafabulosity, & a Mom Gone Nun

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Memoir Short Takes: BFFs, Agorafabulosity, & a Mom Gone Nun

Best Books 2011: Memoir

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Best Books 2011: Memoir

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