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On Mothers in Memoirs

Nicki Richesin | Posted 05.15.2012 | Books
Nicki Richesin

One hopes by writing their fierce and evocative memoirs, they can keep their mothers' ghosts at bay.

Who Says Our Mothers Don't Shape Our Lives and Values?

Jerry Lanson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Jerry Lanson

Not that I always appreciated my mother's -- shall we say -- enthusiasm. But, as Mother's Day approaches, I look back at her life and influence with a smile and a touch of longing.

Running With Scissors Author Augusten Burroughs on Why He Felt Self-Conscious Writing His New Self-Help Book

Vanity Fair | Posted 07.08.2012 | Books
Vanity Fair

The controversial memoirist Augusten Burroughs has returned with a new self-help book entitled This Is How. Here, VF Daily chats with the author about the recent breakup that inspired the book.

Michelangelo Signorile

Iconic Transgender Writer Discusses Life In And Exit From The Church Of Scientology | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.05.2012 | Gay Voices

The groundbreaking transgender writer, activist and performance artist Kate Bornstein, speaking about her experiences in the Church of Scientology in ...

Why I Wrote My First Memoir, Along the Way, With a Guy Named Martin Sheen

Emilio Estevez | Posted 07.04.2012 | Books
Emilio Estevez

What could you possibly glean from a book about two men who've been in the public eye for over fifty years, where everything there is to know about them can be uncovered by the click of keyboard? Well, it turns out, plenty.

M is for the Many Things...

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 07.03.2012 | Women
Ethlie Ann Vare

My mother looked like Grace Kelly in her prime and acted like Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment

Author: How A Burst Blood Vessel Changed My Looks And My Attitude

Louise Krug | Posted 06.25.2012 | Books
Louise Krug

The feeling of beauty has nothing to do with perfection. It is about self-respect. It is about caring for oneself. I try to be a little less careless now.

6 Pieces of Advice to my Younger Self: an INXS Suicide Blonde

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 06.17.2012 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Throwing your expensive bachelors degree in journalism out the window to pursue acting despite everyone's doubts will be the best thing that ever happened to you.

How to Get a Book Deal: Tiger Mom, Diet Mom and Me

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted 06.16.2012 | Comedy
Julie Gerstenblatt

In the spirit of the "damned if you do/damned if you don't" memoir, I am determined to find my inner Tiger Mom/Diet Mom and expose her to the world.

Write What You Know? Not Always.

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 06.10.2012 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

Over time, my writing has become less and less about me. What I have discovered is that the further I move from myself, the richer my writing has become.

From Infertility to Asia: One Woman's Journey to Conceive

Layla Revis | Posted 06.09.2012 | Books
Layla Revis

Sarah Ivens documented her journey for herself and others searching to conceive in Amerikarma: Good Things Happen to Those Who Can't Wait: one part travel memoir, one part healing.

Sarah Tressler: Marketing Genius or One Lucky Stripper?

Sheila Hageman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Sheila Hageman

did she have something to do with her own outing? Was working as a society page journalist all a ruse to create controversy in an otherwise has-been profession of stripping?

My Brain Not on Drugs

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Ethlie Ann Vare

What I have discovered over 24 years is that you don't need substances to alter the mind. As an addict, you can get addicted to pretty much anything.

Gavin McInnes' How to Piss in Public

Toni Nagy | Posted 05.28.2012 | Books
Toni Nagy

Gavin McInnes's memoir How To Piss in Public is one that I highly recommend. It's not only insanely hilarious in a mental hospital sort of way but it's also so outlandishly offensive that you get tricked into thinking it is totally politically correct.

A Return to Childhood: A Review of How the Heather Looks by Joan Bodger

Nicki Richesin | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Nicki Richesin

How The Heather Looks by Joan Bodger delivers us from our daily routine to the magical world of English children's literature.

Two Authors Talk Life, Art and Love

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 05.21.2012 | Books
Kergan Edwards-Stout

There were beautiful men everywhere, and I wanted so much to belong, but I always felt as if I were on the outside, looking in...

Toni Morrison Cancels Plans To Write Memoir

AP | Posted 03.15.2012 | Black Voices

OBERLIN, Ohio -- Novelist Toni Morrison tells fans in Ohio she canceled plans to write a memoir because "there's a point at which your life is not int...

Jeanette Winterson's New Memoir: 'There Is No Closure In Life Except In Hollywood'

Debra Ollivier | Posted 05.05.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

British novelist Jeannette Winterson's new memoir "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" is a poignant story of redemption, sexuality, identity, love, loss and, ultimately, forgiveness.

The Love Addict as a Young Woman

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 04.17.2012 | Women
Ethlie Ann Vare

See, I went to college after the Pill, before AIDS, and when a hook-up was the trailer hitch on the back bumper of your dad's car.

A Gloriously Imperfect Storm: 'Vaginally Infiltrated' Rock & Roll

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Crazy Enough , a memoir which was originally conceived as a one-woman show, takes us on Storm Large's ever-evolving journey in life and music.

Author: Writing My Book Almost Killed Me

Sara Benincasa | Posted 04.15.2012 | Books
Sara Benincasa

Originally published by Bookish: When I was younger, I thought the average memoirist must have it easy. After all, her only duty was to report what h...

Smokejumper, Bestselling Memoirist Murry Taylor's New Novel The Rhythm of Leaves: A Review

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 03.25.2012 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Often beautiful, often sad, The Rhythm of Leaves illuminates the way that both war and blind patriotism can cause lasting and irrevocable harm. And Murry Taylor, a man unafraid to take on new challenges, has proven himself a success yet again.

Richard Seaver's Literary Bravado

Debra Ollivier | Posted 03.14.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

Richard Seaver was not only largely responsible for bringing an end to literary censorship in America; he was also instrumental in shaping our modern literary sensibilities at a time when America's moral and artistic compass was vastly different from what it is today.

Joan Didion: Late in Life

Joe Woodward | Posted 03.11.2012 | Books
Joe Woodward

Beyond the raw details of her daughter's death, beyond her grasp to understand its aftermath and its applied metaphor, Blue Nights deals with the physical "dismantling" of Didion herself.

The Power of Personal Stories

Diana M. Raab | Posted 03.06.2012 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Reading the stories of others can help you learn about yourself. Discoveries are made, memories are revealed and wisdom is shared.