The Art of Memoir

The Art of Memoir
  • Author : Mary Karr
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2015-09-15
  • ISBN : 9780062223081

The Art of Memoir Book Review:

Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse. (The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas.) In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre. Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told— and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.) As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate. Joining such classics as Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.

Inventing the Truth

Inventing the Truth
  • Author : Russell Baker,William Zinsser,William Knowlton Zinsser
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 227
  • Relase : 1998
  • ISBN : 0395901502

Inventing the Truth Book Review:

In this perfect companion for anyone beguiled by memoirs or embarking on writing one, nine distinguished authors -- Russell Baker, Jill Ker Conway, Annie Dillard, Ian Frazier, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alfred Kazin, Frank McCourt, Toni Morrison, and Eileen Simpson -- reflect on the writing process.

The Art of Time in Memoir

The Art of Time in Memoir
  • Author : Sven Birkerts
  • Publisher : Art of
  • Pages : 212
  • Relase : 2008
  • ISBN : UVA:X030243986

The Art of Time in Memoir Book Review:

In The Art of Time in Memoir, critic, editor, and memoirist Sven Birkerts examines the human impulse to write about the self. "Memoir is, for better and often for worse, the genre of our times," Birkerts writes. But what makes one memoir memorable and another self-serving? What determines the difference between graceful disclosure and sensational self-exposure? Birkerts argues that the memoirist's strategies for presenting the subjective experience of time reveal the power and resonance of the writer's life. By examining memoirs such as Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory, Virginia Woolf's unfinished A Sketch of the Past, and Mary Karr's The Liars' Club, Birkerts describes the memoirist's essential art of assembling patterns of meaning, how the work stirs to life our own sense of past and present."--BOOK JACKET.

Summary of Mary Karr's The Art of Memoir

Summary of Mary Karr's The Art of Memoir
  • Author : Everest Media,
  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Pages : 35
  • Relase : 2022-08-08T22:59:00Z
  • ISBN : 9798822582316

Summary of Mary Karr's The Art of Memoir Book Review:

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Memory is a pinball in a machine that messily ricochets around between image, idea, fragments of scenes, stories you’ve heard. But most of the time, we keep memories packed away. #2 Around the room, with each student reading from a spiral notebook or legal pad, the mistakes popped up like dandelion greens. There were memory aces, but overall, the students' original, radical misjudgments. #3 The mind can both recall and distort past events. The best minds warp and blur what they see. Episodic and autobiographical memory, which are memories of events and experiences, move into semantic memory, which are thoughts and concepts. #4 You can bullshit yourself that you do your best, which is limited by the failures of your so-called mind. But memorized language can also calcify what’s in your head. Events can become stale when told by rote.


  • Author : Mary Karr
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 464
  • Relase : 2009-11-03
  • ISBN : 9780061959684

Lit Book Review:

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR New York Times Book Review • The New Yorker • Entertainment Weekly • Time • Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • Christian Science Monitor • Slate • St. Louise Post-Dispatch • Cleveland Plain Dealer • Seattle Times • NBCC Award Finalist Mary Karr’s unforgettable sequel to her beloved and bestselling memoirs The Liars’ Club and Cherry “lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr's relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up—as only Mary Karr can tell it. The Boston Globe calls Lit a book that “reminds us not only how compelling personal stories can be, but how, in the hands of a master, they can transmute into the highest art." The New York Times Book Review calls it “a master class on the art of the memoir” and Susan Cheever states, simply, that Lit is “the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years."

The Art of Caregiving in Fiction, Film, and Memoir

The Art of Caregiving in Fiction, Film, and Memoir
  • Author : Jeffrey Berman
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 296
  • Relase : 2020-10-29
  • ISBN : 9781350166585

The Art of Caregiving in Fiction, Film, and Memoir Book Review:

Bringing together the human story of care with its representation in film, fiction and memoir, this book combines an analysis of care narratives to inform and inspire ideas about this major role in life. Alongside analysis of narratives drawn from literature and film, the author sensitively interweaves the story of his wife's illness and care to illuminate perspectives on dealing with human decline. Examining texts from a diverse range of authors such as Leo Tolstoy, Edith Wharton and Alice Munro, and filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman and Michael Haneke, it addresses questions such as why caregiving is a dangerous activity, the ethical problems of writing about caregiving, the challenges of reading about caregiving, and why caregiving is so important. It serves as a fire starter on the subject of how we can gain insight into the challenges and opportunities of caregiving through the creative arts.

Handling the Truth

Handling the Truth
  • Author : Beth Kephart
  • Publisher : Avery
  • Pages : 254
  • Relase : 2013
  • ISBN : 9781592408153

Handling the Truth Book Review:

A memoir-writing guide offers writing lessons and examples for those interested in putting their memories down on paper, explains the difference between remembering and imagining, and describes the language of truth.

The Memoir Project

The Memoir Project
  • Author : Marion Roach Smith
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Pages : 128
  • Relase : 2011-06-09
  • ISBN : 9781455501823

The Memoir Project Book Review:

Read the "practical resource for beginners" looking to write their own memoir because this is the essential guide on the topic -- now new and revised (Kirkus Reviews)! The greatest story you could write is the one you experienced yourself. Knowing where to start is the hardest part, but it just got a little easier with this essential guidebook for anyone wanting to write a memoir. Did you know that the #1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book--about themselves? It's not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently understand that writing a memoir--whether it's a book, blog, or just a letter to a child--is the single greatest path to self-examination. Through the use of disarmingly frank, but wildly fun tactics that offer you simple and effective guidelines that work, you can stop treading water in writing exercises or hiding behind writer's block. Previously self-published under the title, Writing What You Know: Raelia, this book has found an enthusiastic audience that now writes with intent. While there have been other writing books, there's nothing like Marion Roach Smith's The Memoir Project.


  • Author : Mary Karr
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2001-09-01
  • ISBN : 9781101650745

Cherry Book Review:

From Mary Karr comes this gorgeously written, often hilarious story of her tumultuous teens and sexual coming-of-age. Picking up where the bestselling The Liars' Club left off, Karr dashes down the trail of her teen years with customary sass, only to run up against the paralyzing self-doubt of a girl in bloom. Fleeing the thrills and terrors of adolescence, she clashes against authority in all its forms and hooks up with an unforgettable band of heads and bona-fide geniuses. Parts of Cherry will leave you gasping with laughter. Karr assembles a self from the smokiest beginnings, delivering a long-awaited sequel that is both "bawdy and wise" (San Francisco Chronicle).


  • Author : G. Thomas Couser
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • Pages : 206
  • Relase : 2012-01-19
  • ISBN : 9780199826902

Memoir Book Review:

A compact, pithy guide to the most popular form of life-writing, Memoir: An Introduction provides a primer to the ubiquitous literary form and its many subgenres.

Writing The Sacred Journey

Writing The Sacred Journey
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
  • Pages :
  • Relase :
  • ISBN : 1558965769

Writing The Sacred Journey Book Review:

Writing the Sacred Journey shows readers how to write about spirituality and the interior life with heart and flair. It helps readers get motivated, generate materials, move swiftly through drafts, and gain confidence and ease in their writing. Writing the Sacred Journey helps readers to uncover and honor the sacred within their own life stories. Elizabeth Andrew, an experienced writing instructor and spiritual director, gently guides readers through the spiritual writing process from concept to finished manuscript. She identifies some of the initial hurdles writers face in describing the interior, spiritual life and offers practical tips about how to overcome them. Writing the Sacred Journey also explores themes that commonly appear in spiritual memoir, as well as the all-important issue of writing as craft. Readers will learn new and practical skills for every stage of the writing process. Sprinkled throughout the book, these thoughtful activities teach readers new writing techniques and avenues into the creative process.

Artful Truths

Artful Truths
  • Author : Helena de Bres
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Pages : 248
  • Relase : 2021-09-10
  • ISBN : 9780226793948

Artful Truths Book Review:

Offers a philosophical perspective on the nature and value of writing a memoir. Artful Truths offers a concise guide to the fundamental philosophical questions that arise when writing a literary work about your own life. Bringing a philosopher’s perspective to a general audience, Helena de Bres addresses what a memoir is, how the genre relates to fiction, memoirists’ responsibilities to their readers and subjects, and the question of why to write a memoir at all. Along the way, she delves into a wide range of philosophical issues, including the nature of the self, the limits of knowledge, the idea of truth, the obligations of friendship, the relationship between morality and art, and the question of what makes a life meaningful. Written in a clear and conversational style, it offers a resource for those who write, teach, and study memoirs, as well as those who love to read them. With a combination of literary and philosophical knowledge, de Bres takes the many challenges directed at memoirists seriously, while ultimately standing in defense of a genre that, for all its perplexities—and maybe partly because of them—continually proves to be both beloved and valuable.

Writing the Memoir

Writing the Memoir
  • Author : Judith Barrington
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Pages : 192
  • Relase : 2000
  • ISBN : 9781741151381

Writing the Memoir Book Review:

A practical guide to the craft, the personal challenges, and ethical dilemmas of writing your true stories.

Drawn to Enchant

Drawn to Enchant
  • Author : Timothy Garrett Young
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 223
  • Relase : 2007-01-01
  • ISBN : 0300126735

Drawn to Enchant Book Review:

This volume presents over 200 selected original artworks from the collection of Betsy Beinecke Shirley, one of the great collectors of American children's literature. Shirley gathered an authoritative collection of books, original illustrations, manuscripts, as well as drawings and paintings from such children's classics as ''Treasure Island'' and ''Eloise.'' The artwork in Shirley's collection guides the reader on a tour through the stages of childhood reading, this volume begins with ABC's and nursery books. It continues through adventure stories, magazines, and more, then concludes with a miscellany section of odds and ends. The images demonstrate how children's books evolved, from the nation's first days of independence to modern times. Artists whose works are represented include many of the favorites, among them Ludwig Bemelmans, Maurice Sendak, A.B. Frost, Wanda Gag, Peter Newell, N.C. Wyeth, Tony Sarg, Robert Lawson, and Johnny Gruelle.

Inventing the Truth

Inventing the Truth
  • Author : Russell Baker
  • Publisher : Mariner Books
  • Pages : 212
  • Relase : 1995
  • ISBN : UOM:39015034412950

Inventing the Truth Book Review:

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., reveals his liberating decision to write Colored People without a white censor looking over his shoulder. Jill Ker Conway recalls how her memoir of her Australian girlhood, The Road from Coorain, became a call to young women everywhere to take charge of their lives.

Grandpa Smiles

Grandpa Smiles
  • Author : Natalie Buske Thomas
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 46
  • Relase : 2014-05-02
  • ISBN : 1499174985

Grandpa Smiles Book Review:

Original oil paintings tell the story of how Grandpa watches over a little boy over the course of his life, even though Grandpa can be with him only in spirit. This art story book is a peaceful and healing read for adults and children alike. Gentle emotions, passionate colors, and simple words communicate an inspirational message that love lives on, and family is forever.

A Fistful of Rock & Roll

A Fistful of Rock & Roll
  • Author : Sal Canzonieri,Johnny Ace,Tara McPherson
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 344
  • Relase : 2008-06-01
  • ISBN : 1593077246

A Fistful of Rock & Roll Book Review:

Two survivors of a global catastrophe disguise themselves as corpses to survive in a land of the walking dead! From the mind of Mike Richardson, creator of The Mask and The Secret, comes this hilariously frightening tale of Straw and Whip who have lived through a plague that's left the world with seven billion brain-hungry zombies. Soon the two friends save a lovely young gun-crazy woman named Betty, who becomes a source of rivalry between them. With hundreds of zombies out for a snack, the three try their best to blend in so as not become the next item on the menu.

Where Angels & Devils Tread

Where Angels & Devils Tread
  • Author : Joy Lennick,Jean Wilson
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 174
  • Relase : 2017-03-15
  • ISBN : 1544233418

Where Angels & Devils Tread Book Review:

The joint ages of friends Joy Lennick and Jean Wilson may add up to one hundred and seventy one years, but there's nothing "old lace" about these two women writers; while the "arsenic" connection is questionable... Both adept at delving into the messy, murky world of murder, it is enlightening, and sometimes, a relief... to discover their added light, humorous touch. This makes for a diverse selection of highly entertaining short stories to tickle the fancy of readers of a variety of genres. Jean Wilson worked as a Queen's Nurse in the 1950s, and soon earned the affectionate nickname 'The Angel of Aldgate' for her cheerful, hard work among the sick of the East End of London; and Joy Lennick wore a few hats before becoming an author in 1984; adding many writing projects to her long list, including five books.

Rivers of Light

Rivers of Light
  • Author : Miriam Kalman Friedman
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Pages : 456
  • Relase : 2019-04-04
  • ISBN : 9780815654797

Rivers of Light Book Review:

Growing up in a conservative, middle-class family in Texas, Claire Myers Owens sought adventure and freedom at an early age. At twenty years old, she left home and quickly found a community of like-minded free spirits and intellectuals in New York’s Greenwich Village. There Owens wrote novels and short stories, including the controversial novel The Unpredictable Adventure: A Comedy of Woman’s Independence, which was banned by the New York Public Library for its "risqué" content. Drawn to ideals of selfactualization and creative freedom, Owens became a key figure in the Human Potential Movement along with founder Abraham Maslow and Aldous Huxley, and became an ardent follower of Carl Jung. In her later years, Owens devoted her life to the practice of Zen Buddhism, moving to Rochester, NY, where she joined the Zen Center and studied under Roshi Philip Kapleau. She published her final book, Zen and the Lady, at the age of eighty-three. Friedman’s rediscovery of Owens brings well-deserved attention to her little known yet extraordinary life and passionate spirit. Drawing upon autobiographies, letters, journals, and novels, Friedman chronicles Owens’s robust intellect and her tumultuous private life and, along the way, shows readers what makes her story significant. With very few role models in the early twentieth century, Owens blazed her own path of independence and enlightenment.

Memoir Ethics

Memoir Ethics
  • Author : Mike W. Martin
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Pages : 196
  • Relase : 2016-02-10
  • ISBN : 9781498533669

Memoir Ethics Book Review:

Memoir Ethics: Good Lives and the Virtues is a philosophical study of moral themes in memoirs. It explores how memoirists present and defend perspectives on good lives. Particular attention is paid to the interplay of the virtues, including their interplay with additional (nonmoral) types of values in good lives. More generally, it explores the relevance of memoir to moral philosophy and, in turn, how moral philosophy enters into elucidating and critiquing memoirs.