Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir

Inventing the truth offers wisdom from nine notable memoirists about their process Ian Frazier searched through generations of family papers to understand his parents' lives, the hurdles they faced Annie Dillard tackles the central dilemma of memoir: what to put in and what to leave out, and the unexpected joys of bringing their pasts to the page.

Featured authors include russell baker on growing up; jill Ker Conway on The Road from Coorain; Annie Dillard on An American Childhood; Ian Frazier on Family; Henry Louis Gates Jr. An indispensable book by writers who have experienced firsthand the rewards and challenges of crafting a memoir  Anyone undertaking the project of writing a memoir knows that the events, memories, and emotions of the past often resist the orderly structure of a book.

On colored people; alfred kazin on a walker in the city; Frank McCourt on Angela's Ashes; Toni Morrison on Beloved; and Eileen Simpson on Poets in Their Youth.

Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past

His method is to take you on a memoir of his own: 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, and often surprising moments in his long and varied life as a writer, editor, amusing, teacher, and traveler. Along the way, zinsser pauses to explain the technical decisions he made as he wrote about his life. They are the same decisions you'll have to make as you write about your own life: matters of selection, voice, condensation, focus, attitude, and tone.

An ingeniously constructed teaching memoir from the author of the bestselling On Writing Well -- "You learn without knowing it. Frank mccourt, and humor, warmth, author of angela's asheswritten with elegance, this highly original "teaching memoir" by William Zinsser--renowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative.


Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit

One hears on every page the voice of an intelligent and responsive teacher, with years of thinking about memoir behind her. Vivian gornickjudith barrington is the author of Lifesaving: A Memoir and numerous individual memoirs which have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. In this second edition the author has added new material and reflects on issues raised since Writing the Memoir was written, early in the memoir boom.

No student of memoir writing could fail to learn from this wise, pragmatic, and confiding book. Used book in Good Condition. She is the author of three volumes of poetry: Trying to Be an Honest Woman, History and Geography, and Horses and the Human Soul forthcoming in 2002. Her nimble prose, her deep belief in the importance of this genre, and her delight in the rich array of memoirists writing today make this book more than the typical "how-to" creative writing book.

She has taught creative writing for the past twenty years. An appendix provides information on legal issues. Judith barrington, is attuned to the forces, an award-winning memoir writer and acclaimed writing teacher, both external and internal, that work to stop a writer; her tone is respectful of the difficulties and encouraging of taking risks.

Since writing the memoir came out in early 1997 it has sold roughly 80, 000 copies and is consistently praised as "the best book on memoir out there. It is thought-provoking, explanatory, and practical: each chapter ends with writing exercises.

The Art of Memoir

Used book in Good Condition. 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, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, 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. 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, ” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner, insightful, writer and spiritual seeker, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, 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. 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. Hc 360

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

Hc 360 Taking us on a reading tour of some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, Oscar Wilde, Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century, and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, or Marguerite Duras.

This book, which grew out of fifteen years teaching in MFA programs, is itself a model of the lucid inteligence that has made Gornick one of our most admired writers of ninfiction. In a story or a novel the "i" who tells this tale can be, and often is, an unreliable narrator but in nonfiction the reader must always be persuaded that the narrator is speaking truth.

How does one pull from one's own boring, agitated self the truth-speaker who will tell the story a personal narrative needs to tell? That is the question The Situation and the Story asks--and answers. In it, she teaches us to write by teaching us how to read: how to recognize truth when we hear it in the writing of others and in our own.

Used book in Good Condition. Farrar Straus Giroux. A guide to the art of personal writing, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of LoveAll narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver a bit of wisdom.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, sports, business, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. HarperCollins Publishers. On writing well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style.

With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.

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Writing To Learn

Used book in Good Condition. This is an essential book for everyone who wants to write clearly about any subject and use writing as a means of learning. Hc 360 Farrar Straus Giroux. HarperCollins Publishers.

Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher

Used book in Good Condition. William zinsser's classic bestseller, has inspired three generations of writers, On Writing Well, journalists and students. Thompson—writing places never loses its anchor in the craft of writing: how it's taught, learned and brought to a high level of enjoyment. Hc 360 . Written with humor and with gratitude for a lifetime of change and self-discovery, relishing a rich cast of characters who peopled his world—from Yale's president Kingman Brewster to actor Peter Sellers to gonzo journalist Hunter S.

In writing places, he delightfully recalls the many colorful and amusing locations where he has worked and taught. Farrar Straus Giroux. HarperCollins Publishers.

The Kiss: A Memoir

Used book in Good Condition. Hc 360 Exquisitely and hypnotically written, like a bold and terrifying dream, The Kiss is breathtaking in its honesty and in the power and beauty of its creation. HarperCollins Publishers. Farrar Straus Giroux. In this acclaimed and groundbreaking memoir, at age twenty, Kathryn Harrison transforms into a work of art the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman’s life: an obsessive love affair between father and daughter that begins when she, is reunited with the father whose absence had haunted her youth.

A story both of transgression and of family complicity in breaking taboo, The Kiss is also about love—about the most primal of love triangles, the one that ensnares a child between mother and father.

The Writer Who Stayed

Farrar Straus Giroux. He's the youngest 90-year-old you'll read this week. New york magazinewilliam zinsser is a lifelong journalist and nonfiction writer—he began his career on the New York Herald Tribune in 1946—and is also a teacher, editors, teachers, best known for his book On Writing Well, a companion held in affection by three generations of writers, reporters, and students.

HarperCollins Publishers. His 17 other books range from memoir writing places to travel American Places, jazz Mitchell & Ruff, American popular song Easy to Remember, baseball Spring Training and the craft of writing Writing to Learn. During the 1970s he was at yale university, where he was master of Branford College and taught the influential nonfiction workshop that would start many writers and editors on their careers.

Try it and see. Try him and see craftsmanship. George F. Adapted from "zinsser on friday, author of the best-selling on writing Well and many other books, " The American Scholar's National Magazine Award–Winning Essay SeriesFor nineteen months William Zinsser, wrote a weekly column for the website of the American Scholar magazine.

They're now in a collection that's completely charming, impeccably polished, and Strunk-and-White-ishly brief. This cornucopia was devoted mainly to culture and the arts, along with the movies, baseball, Steve Martin, multitasking, Pauline Kael, and travels to remote places, American popular song, the craft of writing, Tina Brown, Central Park, email, and other complications of modern life.

He has taught at the new school, his hometown, in New York, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Growing Up

Here, are schoolyard bullies, too, great teachers, and the everyday heroes and heroines of the Depression who faced disaster with good cheer as they tried to muddle through. A modern day classic filled with perfect turns of phrase and traces of quiet wisdom, Growing Up is a coming of age story that is “the stuff of American legend” The Washington Post Book World.

His is a story of adversity and courage, the poignancy of love and the awkwardness of sex, of family bonds and family tensions. Used book in Good Condition. We meet the people who influenced baker’s early life: his strong and loving mother, his bold little sister Doris, the awesome matriarch Ida Rebecca and her twelve sons.

Hc 360 Russell baker’s pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography about growing up in America during the Great Depression. HarperCollins Publishers. Magical…. He has taken such raw, so likable, potentially wrenching material and made of it a story so warm, and so disarmingly funny…a work of original biographical art.

The new york times   in this heartfelt memoir, groundbreaking Pulitzer-winning New York Times columnist Russell Baker traces his youth from the backwoods mountains of Virginia to a New Jersey commuter town to the Depression-shadowed landscape of Baltimore. Farrar Straus Giroux.