Why we write about ourselves : twenty memoirists on why they expose themselves (and others) in the name of literature / edited by Meredith Maran.

  • New York, New York : Plume, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
  • ©2016
xiv, 254 pages ; 21 cm


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  • "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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
  • "What moves memoirists to make their most personal stories public? In Why We Write About Ourselves, twenty of America's most successful memoirists answer this question -- and share the nuts and bolts of how they do it. Exploring such issues as the reliability of memory, the ethics of disclosure, and how to protect others' privacy without self-censoring, these bestselling memoirists reveal what keeps them going during the tough times and what they love most -- and least -- about revealing themselves in print"-- Provided by publisher.
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  • Ishmael Beah
  • Kate Christensen
  • Pearl Cleage
  • Pat Conroy
  • Kelly Corrigan
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Meghan Daum
  • Nick Flynn
  • A.M. Homes
  • Sue Monk Kidd
  • Anne Lamott
  • Sandra Tsing Loh
  • James McBride
  • Dani Shapiro
  • David Sheff
  • Darin Strauss
  • Cheryl Strayed
  • Ayelet Waldman
  • Jesmyn Ward
  • Edmund White.
  • 9780142181973 ((paperback))
  • 0142181978 ((paperback))
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