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Aspiring Memoirist Shares Five Top Challenges

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Angela Bonavoglia

A memoir is part of a life, not a whole life. But what if you're halfway there when you realize you're looking at the wrong part? What if the 70s were not your best decade? What then?

Memoir in Fantasia: Defining the Indefinable With Buck 65's Wicked and Weird Tales

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Jaime Lubin

The acclaimed Canadian hip-hop artist, producer, and radio host is speaking to me via Skype about his new memoir Wicked and Weird: The Amazing Tales of Buck 65, unaware that he's just made the understatement of the century.

How School Has Changed Since I Was A Little Girl

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I learned a lot about modern parenthood when I watched my brother's kids for a week while he and his wife went on vacation. I stayed at their house, cooked the meals, and got their kids to and from school -- the same my brothers and I went to.

One Woman's Experience With 'Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion

What do you do when the faith you grew up in just doesn't make sense anymore? This is the dilemma Reba Riley, a 33-year-old from Cincinnati, faced in...

Ending With Love: A Father-Daughter Dance With Dementia

Valerie Kausen | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Valerie Kausen

Spending extended periods of time in memory care facilities has brought the issue into my awareness and understanding in a way that I was blind to in the past. It's hard. It's expensive. It's easy to deny what is happening.

The Light of the Blank Page

William Kenower | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I write mostly memoir now, but it is still my job to forget the past. As a writer, it is my job to believe more in what will be than what was. After all, whether I am writing a memoir or a poem or a novel or a screenplay, my writing begins with a blank page

Why Uncles Are The Absolute Best

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.16.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I was accorded several real uncles, who appeared automatically in my life the day I was born. But like most of the kids in my Long Island neighborhood in the 1950s, I was also entitled to other "uncles," not related to our family but connected in a way that was just as real.

Back to School: Memoir or Autobiography?

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Dale Norton

We Americans love Back to School--memories of a fresh school year complete with new shoes and unknown books. As adults, we love the renewal those memories signal.

Landfall: A Conversation With Author Ellen Urbani

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Ellen Urbani is the author of the debut novel, Landfall, and a memoir, When I Was Elena. Landfall follows the journey of two women named Rose as they navigate the troubled waters of their lives in a post-Katrina South. We spoke about belonging, parallels, and Urbani's journey as a writer.

The Bestselling Memoir from Trailblazing Ballerina Misty Copeland

Off The Shelf | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

As an associate editor at Emily Bestler Books, I have a wonderful list of authors, all of whom I adore. They're moms, and former military, and screenwriters, and Australians, and stay-at-home dads. They live in cities and in the country; they are male and female; they're tall and short and in-between.

Employment Tools: Twitter Is a Hungry Bird

Greg White | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Greg White

When did invisible social media become the indivisible job deciderer? I thought a resume, experience and references made me an attractive candidate. I had no idea that my popularity in the ethosphere impacted how well I might perform for an employer in the real world.

An Interview With Jason Smith, Author of "The Bitter Taste of Dying"

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.24.2016 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

When I reviewed Jason Smith's addiction memoir, The Bitter Taste of Dying, I called it "a gripping, no-holds-barred memoir," "a riveting story of addiction and recovery," and "a story of self-discovery and hope, too."

How to Write Memoir

LJ Charleston | Posted 07.23.2016 | Books
LJ Charleston

Whether it's something that you simply want to leave for your children or grandchildren to read, or whether you went through something life changing or traumatic and feel that writing a memoir will help you exorcise some demons -- as a cathartic exercise -- then it's time to stop thinking about it and actually doing it.

9 Titles Every Book Club Should Read

Kirkus | Posted 07.22.2016 | Books
Kirkus

9 new titles to add to your book club's reading list.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Jerry Stahl on Voltaire, Cher, and Being a Dad When You're Not Wacked Out on Heroin

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.15.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I'm lucky enough to say I've now known Jerry Stahl for over a decade, and we're both still alive. Ten years ago you could've gotten very good odds betting against that happening.

From Homelessness to Cirque du Soleil

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Putignano

I had been struggling with heroin addiction for nine years and tried everything to get clean. I was barely keeping a job and frequently going to twelve-step meetings, but I could not stop using heroin because every time I did, I would end up with terrible physical withdrawal.

The One Thing You Need Before Embarking on a Crowdfunding Campaign

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Dorit Sasson

On the first day of campaigning, I didn't think much of them, but by the second week, I felt like a bowling pin constantly being knocked over. How much more knocking over could I possibly take?

Wednesday Martin Denies Fabrication Allegations: 'I Changed Identifying Details'

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts

On Wednesday, social researcher and author Wednesday Martin sat down with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on HuffPost Live and set the record straight abo...

The Bitter Taste of Dying... and Addiction

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.02.2016 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

At the age of 14, Jason Smith got his first taste of addiction. Literally. While his parents were away for the weekend, his uncle--a heroin addict who was living with Jason and his family--overdosed, and Jason had to perform CPR on him.

Thank a Veteran, Everyday

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 07.03.2016 | Impact
SreyRam Kuy, MD

I feel so fortunate and blessed to live in America, and to have the freedoms that we have here. I have the freedom to go to school and to get an education. I can live without fear; without having to look over my shoulder.

The Face of God: Richard Rodriguez Sees It In ... You

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.06.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

When my turn came to to get my book signed and chat with the author, the conversation turned philosophical, and Rodriguez repeated Mother Teresa's words, "I see the face of God when I look at you."

The Glory Days: IV

John O'Kane | Posted 06.28.2016 | Religion
John O'Kane

I slip out the door and join the flow of traffic up the street, noticing someone across it with his eyes fixed on the front of the bar. I reenter the shadows and make my way.

Expats Write About Love and Life in Asia

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 06.29.2016 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

This month brings memoirs from three wonderful Asia-based American authors to put on your summer reading list!

After 'Swimming in Pesticides' for 20 Years, One Woman Takes a Stand

Hilal Isler | Posted 06.22.2016 | Books
Hilal Isler

Farm life was nothing like I'd expected. At night, pesticides drifted in our bedroom window while we slept. During the day, the poison coated the sheets and clothes I hung on the line. It was all around us. I was horrified by what I witnessed, but I felt helpless to do anything about it.