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In Writing a Memoir, Structure Matters

Beth Kephart | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Beth Kephart

I'd like to raise a quiet hand in defense of structure. Indeed, it has always seemed to me that structure defines memoir -- elevates it above mere autobiography, distinguishes it from journalism and essay, rescues it from narcissism.

Egg in My Beer: Reading Short Stories for Long Satisfaction

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Pull up a chair, draw a beer, and throw in the egg of inspiration: In other words, find a quiet place to read and open up a book of short stories. The satisfaction will last longer, much longer, than any beer (egged or not).

Loving an Agonizing Read

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

The best books, essays and poems make you laugh, "Oh God, me too," about things we can barely admit to ourselves. Works that when we read them, remind us that we are not alone, even in our crazy-times.

No Villains, No Heroes: The Suicide Index

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

The Suicide Index doesn't necessarily tell universal truths, or even grand lofty truths, it tells the intense truth of Joan Wickersham's experience. I felt as though I walked beside Wickersham on her painful journey.

Books, Books and More Books, or Tote That Bookbag

David Finkle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Finkle

I plucked and pillaged a number of books but I consumed the Hershey kisses, apples and candy canes on the spot.