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Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature #2020

Why We Write About Ourselves Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves and Others in the Name of Literature Everything an aspiring memoirist needs to know in one readable volume a follow up to the acclaimed writers handbook Why We Write For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves bl

  • Title: Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature
  • Author: Meredith Maran
  • ISBN: 9780142181973
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature By Meredith Maran, Everything an aspiring memoirist needs to know, in one readable volume, a follow up to the acclaimed writers handbook Why We Write For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves bloggers, journal keepers, aspiring essayists, and memoirists this book offers inspiration, encouragement, and pithy, practical advice Twenty of America s bestselling memoirisEverything an aspiring memoirist needs to know, in one readable volume, a follow up to the acclaimed writers handbook Why We Write For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves bloggers, journal keepers, aspiring essayists, and memoirists this book offers inspiration, encouragement, and pithy, practical advice Twenty of America s bestselling memoirists share their innermost thoughts and hard earned tips with veteran author Meredith Maran, revealing what drives them to tell their personal stories, and the nuts and bolts of how they do it Speaking frankly about issues ranging from turning oneself into an authentic, compelling character to exposing hard truths, these successful authors disclose what keeps them going, what gets in their way, and what they love most and least about writing about themselves.

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    1. A great collection of first person pieces from memoir authors, charting their individual journeys into autobiographical writing and giving their top tips Opinions vary as to whether you have to get the approval of the people who appear in your work some think that s essential others simply change the names and get on with it Sometimes this has led to fallout within families One thing everyone agrees on, though, is that a memoir has to be as carefully crafted as any novel, with a clear narrative [...]

    2. I m not exactly sure what I was expecting from this book, but, wow, it blew me away In Why We Write about Ourselves, twenty popular authors share their experiences of writing their own memoirs They speak about revealing themselves, of being painfully honest, of protecting or not the ones they love or don t The themes in every chapter are similar I m guessing Maran asked specific questions of each author , but, surprisingly, their perspectives vary a lot much than I was anticipating It seems tha [...]

    3. People in the Bay Area if interested.On Feb 15th 2016 several of the authors who have contributed to this book are speakingat Book Passage in Corte Madera On Feb 17th 2016 They speak at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland

    4. The range of writers in this collection is impressive There were some old favorites of mine and a few who were or less new to me I won t say which so I don t expose my own ignorance, immediately breaking a law of memoir writing The writers reflect on their own experience and give advice to those trying to write memoirs And of course, they contradict each other They have completely different paths to memoir writing and give different advice They have different opinions about how to do it best, w [...]

    5. I should note, initially, that I did receive this book as part of the GoodReads Giveaways program This did not, however, actively affect my review of the book This book was, undeniably, the best of the free GoodReads books I ve read to date I was terribly surprised when this book arrived on my front porch Given the fact that I ve read so many biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs lately Jessa Crispin s The Dead Ladies Project Exiles, Expats, and Ex Countries, Kirsten Gillibrand s Off the Sid [...]

    6. I got to read this before it is released because my writing teacher had the galleys It s a great collection of essays by a variety of rock star memoirists I found the advice extremely helpful, some than others But there was something to take away from each and every essay I read Kate Christensen s essay twice.

    7. I read a lot of memoirs, so I really loved reading Why We Write About Ourselves I felt like I was able to get inside the heads of some of my favorite authors These essays also introduced me to a few new authors, whose books I will definitely be reading in the near future It was interesting to see how the reasons for writing differed from author to author, but what I found most fascinating was that each author has his or her own set of rules when it comes to writing memoir Some of the authors had [...]

    8. I received this book as part of the Penguin Random House First to Read program.As an aspiring writer, Why We Write About Ourselves opened my eyes to a whole new realm of writing that I hadn t considered entering The featured authors essays on why they write memoirs were triumphant, interesting and honest I love memoirs and I believe those who write them bare their souls to the world in the hope to offer a universal truth, an empathy that we have not yet connected with Some of my favorites Sue Mo [...]

    9. I recently read Mary Karr s Art of Memoir and loved her insightful advice and anecdotes This covers similar topics but includes information from twenty different authors It was interesting, if a little repetitive, and I definitely have a load of books to add to my TBR after reading I read it straight through in one sitting but I would recommend dipping into it between books or to get ideas for further reading I am not planning on writing a memoir but I would suggest reading Karr s book in additi [...]

    10. To commit a life to print, the author makes a declaration that ALL is as it WASIt adds nothing to a life lived reading about every cankering slight life shift, the unfortunate passing of a spouse or a sudden awareness driven by self pity, that the beat back death game is hopeless A memoir is a DNA affair, the readerled from one subjective deciphering to the next really, really, is it true or misremembered or is it a, my take on this recidivist pumping the page count the wistful back when introsp [...]

    11. This collection contains an interesting mix of authors reflecting on their own and other writers memoirs Many have also written novels which many feel are harder to write than memoirs Often they teach in MFA programs My favorites included Edmund White, Anne Lamott, Edwidge Danticat and Sandra Tsing Loh Many speak about how revealing family secrets was a mistake and they were sorry they offended relatives Each author gives tips for those contemplating writing their own memoirs They encourage them [...]

    12. A fascinating look at memoir writing.A group of essays written by some of my favorite memoirists Annie Lamott Dani Shapiro Sandra Tsing Loh a wonderful group of writers who r eveal their process the intimate art of writing a memoir.They share people s reactions to seeing themselves in these memoirs both goodbad.For those who are planning on writing a memoir or just enjoy reading them this book is a treasure.

    13. A great book It is specifically written for prospective writers, especially those that are inclined to write about themselves I found it fascinating regardless The honesty with which these writers addressed their reasons and motivations for writing, as well as their style was refreshing.

    14. Honestly, though, the most significant thing I did was read voraciously I d always been a reader, but now I became a reader I tried to read at the level at which I wanted to write It was excruciating the expectations I suddenly had, not to mention the gap between what I was reading on the page and what I was actually able to put on the page myself It was overwhelmingly daunting But I kept reading So says Sue Monk Kidd at one point, sharing her experiences She is just one of the twenty writers of [...]

    15. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who writes creative nonfiction or memoirs OR anyone who loves reading those genres This is one I ll come back to time and time again I ve dog eared, underlined, and highlighted many passages in this book I also got a great list of new books to read The general themes are be honest, be considerate, write with unity in mind Or at least that s what I picked up Keep writing until you figure out the significance of your most vivid memories Kelly Corrigan P [...]

    16. I haven t read a lot of these authors but I was struck by the diversity of their writings Some have only written one memoir, some several, some have also written fiction and short story the myriad of tips for writing memoir that they share Some overlap, while some contradict It helps me form some my own opinions based on this diversity the diversity of success Some became bestsellers after their debuts, others toiled in obscurity for years the discussion on facts and authenticity in memoirs and [...]

    17. Because my autobiography will be released on September 1, I am in that painful post publication limbo I read this in preparation for a book interview that was to be filmed Maran found twenty memoirists and each explains why they had written one or memoirs Anne Lamott s advice about how publication hurts was the most helpful for me at this moment in time, but I enjoyed all twenty perspectives Pat Conroy was particularly good about the choice between telling secrets and hurting people I wish I ha [...]

    18. This book offered what I believe life to consist of perspective I truly enjoyed the views each author brought to the table on their thought process and why their book seemed so important to share with the world While I hadn t even heard of some of the memoirs referenced, I still read between the lines for the bigger message This book is inspirational and helpful in developing writing styles A definite recommendation for aspiring writers and anyone with a story to tell.

    19. I m not sure I got a lot of tips out of this book, but I did enjoy reading all the memoirists reasons for writing memoir and how much their why contradicts one another Memoir is healing vs You should never write memoir expecting to heal Memoir is so hard to write vs This is so easy I wrote memoir and healed broken relationships vs I broke fragile relationships.

    20. This is an excellent book with a lot of great stories that kept my attentionI learned a lot about why people write memoirAnd since I have been writing them for the past 15 years and I m writing my third I was mostly interested in what made other memoir writers tickAnd this book supplied that for meI also picked up a lot of tips to use with my next book

    21. There are some excellent and thought provoking chapters, and some not so interesting Edmund White and Pat Conroy and Anne Lamott are some of the former, as are Nick Flynn and James McBride What is fiction and what is non fiction, the role of memory, courage in writing, asking permission, not asking permission, there are many topics discussed Worth reading.

    22. This was an interesting way to talk about the writing of a memoir The editor asks twenty famous memoir writers to tell in their own words why they do it and how They also give advice to those wishing to write their own memoirs Well done.

    23. I love reading books about writing, and this one is especially fun because it includes so many of my favorite writers.

    24. As a person who loves reading Memoirs I found this to be a very interesting book Twenty different Memoirists share with us their thoughts and insides on why they write Memoir and why they write about themselves This helps to understand the motives and reasons behind their most notable Memoirs It was just a delight to read about their experiences writing these works on Non Fiction and sharing a little bit of their lives as a Writers I personally found it as a great source of information and knowl [...]

    25. Memoirs Love them or hate them If you love them you ll definitely want to check out this book If you hate themyou also may want to check this one out as it might help you appreciate memoirs or, I suppose, it may solidify your hatred Que sera, sera.Although the publisher s blurb above is aimed toward writers, this book will also be of interest to readers of memoirs and an excellent resource for book groups that read memoirs.When looking at a collection of essays featuring various writers, I tend [...]

    26. A conversation with twenty men and women who have written memoirs Fascinating, wise and packed full of advice, and warning Writing memoir can be a risky business Ayelet Waldman received not just hatemail but physical threats when she wrote that she loved her husband than her children Writers of memoir are accused of being navel gazing narcissists, even liars Ishmeal Beah was accused of making things up in his memoir about being a child soldier in Sierra Leone by an Australian writer who d never [...]

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