24 Apr, 2013

It’s OK to Lie in Memoir

April 24th, 2013|Tags: , |

If memoir is the genre of truth, how could it possibly be acceptable to lie? Wasn’t James Frey fried because he lied? And yet, I venture to say that it [...]

8 Apr, 2013

Reading: Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz

April 8th, 2013|Tags: |

"It was my good fortune to be deported to Auschwitz only in 1944..." Thus begins Primo Levi's preface to his stunning but short memoir of his time as a prisoner [...]

28 Mar, 2013

What is Memoir?

March 28th, 2013|Tags: , , |

The often incorrect use of the term memoir is a pet peeve of mine; after all, it is my genre. It's what I write primarily, and what I teach. So [...]

10 Dec, 2012

My Most Meaningful Read of 2012

December 10th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Last Thursday evening I participated in the #StoryDam chat (lots of fun if you're a writer and on Twitter), and one participant pointed out Rebecca Murphy's Relish12 challenge as a [...]

19 Oct, 2012

Author Q&A: Wenguang Huang

October 19th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

I wonder what it means if I don't even notice anymore that my writing has gotten published? Have I reached a level of publication success where I can go, "Oh [...]

16 Sep, 2012

My Favorite Book for Rosh Hashana

September 16th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Eric Kimmel's Gershon's Monster is my favorite book for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which we celebrate tonight. I wish my kids were still small enough to read picture [...]

17 Aug, 2012

A Book Vacation

August 17th, 2012|Tags: , |

We've been dealing with a few health issues lately (everything seems OK now), and so I've slacked off blogging, but yesterday as I retired to my bathtub with the newest [...]

25 Jul, 2012

Sara Mansfield Taber on Airing Secrets

July 25th, 2012|Tags: , , |

The Washington Independent Review of Books just published another author Q&A I did, this time with Sara Mansfield Taber, author of Born Under an Assumed Name. I did not get [...]

21 Jun, 2012

Reading: In Love with an Old Book – E.B. White’s One Man’s Meat

June 21st, 2012|Tags: , |

Once in a while we read a classic in my Advanced Memoir Workshop, and this June the group chose E.B. White's One Man's Meat. The book proved hard to get from the library [...]

6 Jun, 2012

Reading: Tracy Crow’s Eyes Right, Confessions from a Woman Marine

June 6th, 2012|Tags: , |

I am happy to announce that my very first book review beyond the pages of this blog is up at the Washington Independent Review of Books. It's actually not a [...]

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