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.

Poetry, Dining, & Shakespeare | Memoir


Memoirs about expressions of love through poetry, songs, and food.

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.

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs


Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

Under Self-Construction | Memoir

My Confection

This month’s memoirs are all about the authors finding their way (back) to wholeness and working toward a stable self-identity.

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.

Going to the Dogs | Memoir

Home Is Burning

Almost all the books featured in my last memoir column for LJ have a canine or two in the mix.

A Life of One’s Own | Memoir


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

Jock Jams | Memoir

Strong Is the New Sexy

The memoirs this month had me sweating vicariously as the authors portaged canoes, did planks in their living rooms, and hiked cross-country.

Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas | LJ Review

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Thomas, Evan. Being Nixon: A Man Divided. Random. 2015. 640p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780812995367. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780812995374. BIOG For better or worse, argues Thomas (Ike’s Bluff) in this fascinating and impressively researched biography, President ­Richard Nixon (1913–94) was motivated by fears and insecurities that created a drive to succeed, which resulted in […]