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Extra! Extra! Famous Travel Writers Spill Trade Secrets (And Dish Some Dirt)

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

In the starry, spiraling universe of tell-all books, the biggest sellers tend to be those that sneak the reader behind the scenes and into the secret ...

Cancer: It's Not All Rainbows and Butterflies

Fiona Finn | Posted 07.10.2014 | Divorce
Fiona Finn

Cancer was a mixed blessing -- proving since my husband couldn't carry me, he didn't deserve to marry me. But cancer didn't just injure my body; it destroyed me emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially.

Memories of the Cultural Revolution

China Hands | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
China Hands

Yifu Dong and Yi-Ling Liu share their relatives' experiences of a tumultuous era Yifu Dong My grandmother was born in Xinmin County, Liaoning Provi...

Who's Afraid of the Big Definitive Book?: Scott Stossel's My Age of Anxiety

Liam Smith | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Liam Smith

Over the course of the 400-plus page book, Stossel outlines every aspect of the subject of anxiety imaginable. His focus shifts between history of thought on the subject, descriptions of scientific experiments and research, and his own phenomenological experience of dealing with the condition.

Books About Life -- and Cats

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 07.01.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

As far as books go, it is always the year of the cat.

The Harm in Asking : Your New Favorite Comedic Memoir

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.23.2014 | Comedy
Toni Nagy

Barron's new book, called The Harm in Asking, is filled with stories that are engaging, hilarious and disturbing. Barron's vast talent in storytelling is so lively that you feel transported into her mind -- which at first made me feel like "hey get me out of here."

Letters: The Recipe I Share With Julia Child

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

What do I have in common with Julia Child? Not the art of French cooking. I cannot follow a recipe to save my life. But Julia Child loved writing and receiving letters, and so do I. And in our love for letters, we both discovered an age-old recipe, and a recipe I can follow. A recipe for life.

Lessons From Old Letters

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.23.2014 | Books
Sherman Yellen

Lilly would look amused and amazed by all the gadgets that people cherish so. As she would look at all the people taking pictures everywhere -- all the time -- she would shake her head in dismay and whisper to me, 'They record everything and experience nothing.'

Celebrity Memoirs Are Awful. Here Are 4 Ways To Fix Them

Phil Edwards | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
Phil Edwards

As far as literary value goes, celebrity memoirs rank somewhere between romance novels and airport thrillers--they're generally trash. And that's a tragedy considering that celebrities, love them or hate them, have bizarre and varied lives that should be perfect memoir-fodder.

A Chat With Kenneth Walsh About His New Coming-of-Age Memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?

Mark Allen | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

Growing up gay -- especially in the 20th century -- was a particularly challenging experience. Try doing it not entirely sure if it will A) lead to your getting a disease that will kill you within 12 months; and B) cause everyone you know and love to disown you.

Must-Read Memoirs

PureWow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
PureWow

Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson We're not exactly big criers. (We watched The Notebook. Nothing.) But Artis Henderson's stunning new memoir, U...

My Conversation With Anjelica Huston

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

When she won an Oscar for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, Huston continued her family's extraordinary film legacy, which began with her grandfather, Walter Huston, and her father, John Huston. She's had memorable turns in film and on TV, most recently starring in the musical drama television series Smash.

Satan Is in the Bread

Chef Rossi | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Chef Rossi

I'm a 40-something gal, the same age Mom was when she gained 100 pounds. I've got a little extra meat, but it landed in the right places. I work out three times a week, have the energy to walk 60 blocks a day just for fun and can easily touch my toes, nose or most of my other body parts if I so choose.

Three Great Books for Lovers of France (and Food)

Food Riot | Posted 02.05.2014 | Taste
Food Riot

If you have a francophile on your gift-giving list, you're in luck. This year saw three terrific new books that celebrate the country where "good Americans go when they die."

Taking Back The Pen Is a Dawn of Hope for Detroit

John B. Stimpson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
John B. Stimpson

Taking Back The Pen is an incredible story about Rachel's tenacity to overcome adversity. What most people would call Hell, she called home for most of her life.

The Life Out Loud: Conquering Fear on the High Seas

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

When I first heard about Torre DeRoche's memoir, Love with a Chance of Drowning, I thought, "This woman is totally insane." My perspective didn't change much as I read the book. But my respect for Torre as a human being increased with each chapter.

Behind Words Never Spoken (Video)

Craig Stewart | Posted 12.31.2013 | Books
Craig Stewart

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When Whispers Become Shouts...(Video)

Craig Stewart | Posted 12.24.2013 | Books
Craig Stewart

The following blog post is adapted from my memoir, Words Never Spoken.

A Journey Like No Other

Peak Johnson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Books
Peak Johnson

The idea of writing a memoir about their journey as adoptive parents raising 22 kids came to Hector and Susan Badeau when their adoptive son, 24-year-old Wayne, died from Sanfilippo Syndrome in April of last year.

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 09.17.2013 | Gay 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.