In this Books of Note category, we feature books of value that have been written by people we think of appreciatively as having something significant to bring to the attention of Memoir Network writers.
We include both memoir excerpts and books about writing memoirs. These books are not by members of the Memoir Network itself, but are books of note that we want to bring to our readers’ attention.
For books by Memoir Network writers, go to the “Anthology of Memoir Writing” category.
If you have written a memoir how-to book or a memoir, be in touch. There may be a review or excerpt spot waiting for you here.
In her memoir, novelist Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man and the The Astral Hotel, has undertaken to organize her lifestory around food. It is an interesting concept, a theme, around which to make sense of a lifetime. If the memoir is, as Rainer Maria Rilke said of poetry, a momentary order, then Kate Christensen has done just that.
“Kate Christensen always remembers what she ate, what was served, what was cooked, what she cooked, what it tasted like,” reads the book jacket. “…much of her life, she describes herself as being ‘a hungry lonely wild animal looking for happiness and stability.’ Having found them at long last, she finally feels able to write about her search.”
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Jerry Waxler is clearly a man who knows his way around memoir writing. Those of us who have been following his blog, post after post, at Memory Writers Network and have immensely enjoyed his thoughtful commentary on memoir writing, his in-depth profiles of leading memoirist and memoir professionals, and his penetrating reviews of hot-off the […]