24 May, 2012

Reading: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

May 24th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

Edmund de Waals' memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes was my favorite memoir of 2011, and yet I am still trying to figure out why because it defies so many of the [...]

10 May, 2012

Reading: At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard

May 10th, 2012|Tags: , |

I found myself developing a love/hate relationship Joyce Maynard’s At Home in the World. My Advanced Memoir Workshop had picked it for our April reading.  First of all, At Home [...]

3 May, 2012

On Having to Read a Book

May 3rd, 2012|Tags: |

 My daughter's stack of books she wants to read (My same such stack is not as picturesque.). These days, I feel like my children, a middle schooler and two [...]

24 Aug, 2011

Reading: An Exclusive Love by Johanna Adorján

August 24th, 2011|Tags: |

Article first published as Book Review: An Exclusive Love by Johanna Adorján on Blogcritics. On the surface, Johanna Adorján’s An Exclusive Love is about her grandparents’ suicide. But it is [...]

7 Jul, 2011

Reading: Lingering in Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge

July 7th, 2011|Tags: , |

I love it when a book becomes a place, becomes an alternate reality I can dwell in. That’s what happened as I was reading Terry Tempest Williams’ now classic memoir [...]

3 Jul, 2011

Hemingway on Writing

July 3rd, 2011|Tags: , |

Today is the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death, and an article by Jeffrey Meyers in the Wall Street Journal on Hemingway’s literary achievement reminded me of that. He died, sadly [...]

28 Jun, 2011

Read to Write

June 28th, 2011|Tags: , , |

About a year ago I was discussing where we write with my memoir class. One student, a flight attendant, said that he often wrote on the plane during his break [...]

13 Jun, 2011

A Memoir-Related Giveaway

June 13th, 2011|Tags: |

Here's a little memoir fun to be had: Think about the following question: What memoir that you have read mattered to you, and why? Then head over to Margarget Roach's blog and [...]

22 May, 2011

Reading: Envying Gerald Durrell

May 22nd, 2011|Tags: , |

If you’d like to take a break from dark and heavy memoirs and read one that is light yet literary; or if you wouldn’t mind spending time on a sun-drenched [...]

15 May, 2011

The Literary Life: Amazon Reviews Make a Difference

May 15th, 2011|Tags: , |

Now that I'm into writing reviews on amazon as part of my quest for a broader literary life, I was happy to read on the Creative Penn that those ratings and [...]

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