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Memoirs

The Gift of Adversity: A Book Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

We are offered a memoir and a bundle of morality tales that follow, first, the arc of Dr. Norman Rosenthal's life, then vignettes of his heroes, and conclude with his pondering about farewells.

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Why Having It All May Be One 'Gigantic Elaborately Constructed Sexist Ponzi Scheme'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Black Voices

As an interior designer, Sheila Bridges is in the business of detail, a fact she reminds me of in explaining how she layered 49 years of memories, pho...

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Motocross Legend Larry Linkogle's Mind Of The Demon: A Great, Gritty Read

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Xaque Gruber

I didn't even know how to spell motocross correctly until this book came across my desk, but I was compelled to read it having heard the Linkogle urban-legend tales -- and I loved it cover to cover.

Wooden & Me Reads Like Coach & You

Greg Woodburn | Posted 08.02.2013 | Books
Greg Woodburn

In 1987, as a young sports writer and newlywed, my dad met John Wooden while covering a talk Coach gave. A thank-you note from Wooden for the column my dad wrote led to a shared morning walk.

My Comfortable Chair

John Wendel | Posted 06.05.2013 | Books
John Wendel

Since the recent release of my wife Susan Spencer-Wendel's memoir, Until I Say Good-Bye, people often say to me, "Your wife is such an inspiration." Or: "This woman changed my outlook on life."

Pamela Olson on Life Inside the Palestinian Territories

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 05.25.2013 | Books
Danielle Tumminio

"When I tried to describe the things I had seen in Israel and Palestine, people in the U.S. tended to assume I was exaggerating, because it didn't match at all with what they were used to hearing on the news. I decided to write something that started from zero and told an engaging story, so that people would 'hear me out.'"

Finding a Role Model: It's Never Too Late

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Mark Rubinstein

We usually think of role models as those we admire and wish to emulate in our youth. I found mine as I approached 70 years of age. Marty taught we how best to live the rest of my life.

The Life Out Loud: Under Siege

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
MeiMei Fox

Ping Fu and I believe that irrational, angry, and personal attacks are not constructive. We stand on positive ground, with the support of people who know us and of reporters, reviewers, and bloggers who have actually read the book.

Sad, But Not Broken

Ping Fu | Posted 04.03.2013 | Books
Ping Fu

Bend, Not Break is not a book about "poor Ping Fu." It is not my attempt at garnering sympathy. Nor is it an attempt to bash China. I intend the book to give people hope.

Mom Not Dead Yet? 7 Reasons to Write Your Memoir Anyway

Candace Walsh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Candace Walsh

When I shared that my mother banned me from her birthday after reading my memoir, friends piped up with variations of this sentiment: "That's why I'm waiting until my mother dies to write my memoir."As a result, I came up with seven reasons not to wait.

For Writers -- and Men-- This Is What Collaboration Looks Like

David Murray | Posted 02.05.2013 | Books
David Murray

Truly collaborative writing? Until this year, it had eluded me so thoroughly that I nearly rejected the suggestion that I read the journals of Lt. Col. Mark Weber, who needed help to write a memoir for his three young sons, who would soon be without a father.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Kids

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 01.01.2013 | Books
Judy Bolton-Fasman

A day on which a life changes forever always begins as ordinary -- so ordinary that thereafter, daily life is a deliberate celebration. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein writes about an ordinary day gone awry in her new memoir Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey From Grief to Gratitude.

Before His Death, Detroiter Pens Coming-Of-Age Memoir Of Life In The Czech Resistance

The Huffington Post | Ashley C. Woods | Posted 10.22.2012 | Detroit

Detroiter Charles Novacek was many things: a civil engineer, painter, husband, father and speaker of seven languages. But those who knew him best unde...

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Epilogue)

James Stack | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

All I could think about was Daddy. Not the man who had held the gun, but the man who used to come into my room and tuck me in at night, the man who would talk to me until I fell asleep, the man who would help me in my times of worry and distress.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 24)

James Stack | Posted 12.13.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy was going deeper and deeper into his own imaginary world -- a world where alcohol made him a man, gave him a sense of wealth, and provided him with something no human would ever be able to give him.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 23)

James Stack | Posted 12.07.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I kept thinking about what had happened. Daddy had tried to kill Matthew and Mark, and we had kicked him out of the camper and left him in Canada. I'd been left behind once and had had to walk home. What if Daddy had to walk all the way to South Carolina?

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 22)

James Stack | Posted 12.06.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

We were rocking out as we pulled up to the United States border. And then I was suddenly afraid. Daddy wasn't with us, it was after midnight, and our leaving at this hour was, to my mind, a little suspicious.

The Art of the Fake in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Alan Elsner | Posted 12.05.2012 | Books
Alan Elsner

A couple of recent books illustrate our fascination with the arcane world of art forgery. Perhaps, in this Internet age, when so little seems to be truly original, the subject of how to produce a master forgery that will fool all the experts seems particularly relevant.

'Daddy Pulled Out One Of The Pistols'... Fearless Memoir: 'World's Fair,' Chapter 21

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy's expression was twisted with fury and madness. Suddenly the fiend in him focused in on the drawer beside the sink. With his one free hand, he reached over, opened the drawer, and pulled out one of the pistols.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 20)

James Stack | Posted 11.29.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

There we were, torn down the middle, loving our father but hating his drinking. We'd all seen the movie Days of Wine and Roses. Jack Lemmon had been able to quit drinking in the movie. Why not Daddy?

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 19)

James Stack | Posted 11.23.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Daddy's been arrested for public drunkenness," Gee said finally. "The security man told me Daddy was sleeping it off, and that he'll be returned to us at the campsite in the morning."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 18)

James Stack | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

My feet refused to move; they were glued to the ground. I looked down at them and said out loud, "Move, damn it! Why won't you move?" But they wouldn't budge. It was at this moment that I realized I was terror-stricken -- gripped in the claws of fear.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 17)

James Stack | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy walked over to me and put his hand on my shoulder. "Wait till you're older to try and smoke," he said. "There's no need to rush it. And please, whatever you do, don't smoke oval cigarettes in pink paper with a silver filter."