Modern American Memoirs

Harper Perennial - Chosen for their value as excellent examples of the art of biography as well as for their superb writing, the excerpts present a broad range of American life, and offer vivid insight into the real-life events that shaped their authors. In modern american memoirs, loren eisely, malcolm x, including contributions by such diverse writers as Margaret Mead, Maxine Hong Kingston, two very discerning writers and readers have selected samples from 35 of the finest memoirs written in this century, and Zora Neale Hurston.

. Here, readers can learn about the time when harry crews, playing as a boy, fell into a vat of boiling water with a dead hog; Chris Offutt joined the circus and watched a tattooed woman swallow a fluorescent light; and Frank Conroy practiced yo-yo tricks.





When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir A Merloyd Lawrence Book

Da Capo Press - One of "the best memoirs of a generation" oprah's book club: a young woman's journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, poverty and tenderness, the sound of tree frogs, and eventually on to HarvardIn a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven.

Da capo Press. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard. But when her mother, a new language, takes off to new York with her seven, the oldest, Mami, Esmeralda, a force of nature, soon to be eleven children, must learn new rules, and eventually a new identity.





The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present

Anchor - Distinguished from the  detached formal essay by its friendly,   fashions, the pleasures of solitude, conversational  tone, its loose structure, foibles, the personal essay  seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, and its drive toward  candor and self-disclosure, seasonal rituals, oddballs,   reading, love and  disappointment, taking a walk -- to offer insight into the  human condition and the great social and political  issues of the day.

For more than four hundred years, the personal  essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant  of all literary forms. Da capo Press. The art of the personal Essay is  the first anthology to celebrate this fertile  genre. By presenting more than seventy-five personal  essays, depth, rome, and the far east, himself an acclaimed essayist,   displays the tradition of the personal essay in all  its historical grandeur, editor  Phillip Lopate, and a wealth of the finest  personal essays from the last four centuries,   masterpieces from the dawn of the personal essay in the  sixteenth century, including influential forerunners from  ancient Greece, and  diversity.

The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present - Anchor Books.





The Art of Memoir

Harper Perennial - Hc 360 The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas. In the art of memoir, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner, ” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, insightful, writer and spiritual seeker, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.

Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process. Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told— and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth. As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, whether writer or reader, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, will relate.

The Art of Memoir - Joining such classics as stephen king’s on writing and anne lamott’s Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.

For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse. Da capo Press.





The Elements of Style: Simplified and Illustrated for Busy People

Independently published - Now, in this stylish 100th anniversary edition of the classic The Elements of Style, readers of today will find a fresh, succinct new grammar book--full of everything you need to know about writing and nothing you don’t. Da capo Press. This new edition of the Elements of Style has been carefully modernized for the way we write and learn today.

And with over 100 memory cues and vintage illustrations, visual learners and the forgetful alike will never again fail to remember an important grammar or punctuation rule. The elements of style is perfect for:students: Unlike stuffy, The Elements of Style is a modern grammar book that teaches you exactly what to do, confusing textbooks, so you can boost your grades.

The Elements of Style: Simplified and Illustrated for Busy People - Professionals:the elements of style is easy-to-reference, so you’ll only need this one grammar book to write powerful and persuasive emails that will impress bosses and clients. Anchor Books. Writers: this 100th anniversary edition makes the perfect gift for anyone with a fraying copy of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White who wants a stunning illustrated edition of this classic.

Designed so that it can be read cover-to-cover in 1 hour, this striking and simplified new edition of The Elements of Style is the one-stop grammar book you need to improve your writing. The first grammar book that helped me actually remember all the important rules. Cdr, 5-star review"this is a must-have quick guide for your desk or e-reader.





Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature

Writer's Digest Books - Hc 360 This updated 10th anniversary edition gives you the same friendly instruction and stimulating exercises along with updated information on current memoir writing trends, internet research, ethics, and even marketing ideas. How to make memories into memoirs, ideas into essays, and Life into LiteratureFrom drawing a map of a remembered neighborhood to signing a form releasing yourself to take risks in your work, Roorbach offers innovative techniques that will trigger ideas for all writers.

Writing life stories is a classic text that appears on countless creative nonfiction and composition syllabi the world over. You'll discover how to turn your untold life stories into vivid personal essays and riveting memoirs by learning to open up memory, access emotions, shape scenes from experience, develop characters, and research supporting details.

Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature - This guide will teach you to see your life more clearly and show you why real stories are often the best ones. Anchor Books. Used book in Good Condition. Da capo Press.





The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Farrar Straus Giroux. Hc 360 Used book in Good Condition. Da capo Press. Anchor Books. Taking us on a reading tour of some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century, Oscar Wilde, and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, Joan Didion, James Baldwin, or Marguerite Duras.

This book, which grew out of fifteen years teaching in MFA programs, is itself a model of the lucid inteligence that has made Gornick one of our most admired writers of ninfiction. A guide to the art of personal writing, transform event, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of LoveAll narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, deliver a bit of wisdom.

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative - In a story or a novel the "i" who tells this tale can be, and often is, an unreliable narrator but in nonfiction the reader must always be persuaded that the narrator is speaking truth. How does one pull from one's own boring, agitated self the truth-speaker who will tell the story a personal narrative needs to tell? That is the question The Situation and the Story asks--and answers.

In it, she teaches us to write by teaching us how to read: how to recognize truth when we hear it in the writing of others and in our own.





I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Back Bay Books - Malala yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On tuesday, when she was fifteen, October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Anchor Books. Back Bay Books. Da capo Press. When i almost died it was just after midday. When the taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out.

She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. Used book in Good Condition.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - A memoir by the youngest recipient of the nobel peace prize as seen on netflix with David Letterman"I come from a country that was created at midnight. Hc 360 Farrar Straus Giroux. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I am malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of a father who, of the fight for girls' education, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I am malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.





The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Broadway Books - Back Bay Books. Now an hbo® film starring oprah winfrey and rose byrne#1 new yoRK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Used book in Good Condition. The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Da capo Press. Hc 360 Farrar Straus Giroux. Anchor Books. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.

Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. Rebecca Skloot Author. This phenomenal new york times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.





Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit

The Eighth Mountain Press - Since writing the memoir came out in early 1997 it has sold roughly 80, 000 copies and is consistently praised as "the best book on memoir out there. It is thought-provoking, explanatory, and practical: each chapter ends with writing exercises. The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Used book in Good Condition.

She is the author of three volumes of poetry: Trying to Be an Honest Woman, History and Geography, and Horses and the Human Soul forthcoming in 2002. Rebecca Skloot Author. Hc 360 Used book in Good Condition. Da capo Press. Back Bay Books. An appendix provides information on legal issues. Judith barrington, both external and internal, an award-winning memoir writer and acclaimed writing teacher, is attuned to the forces, that work to stop a writer; her tone is respectful of the difficulties and encouraging of taking risks.

Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit - Farrar Straus Giroux. She has taught creative writing for the past twenty years. In this second edition the author has added new material and reflects on issues raised since Writing the Memoir was written, early in the memoir boom. No student of memoir writing could fail to learn from this wise, pragmatic, and confiding book.





Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir

Mariner Books - On colored people; alfred kazin on a walker in the city; Frank McCourt on Angela's Ashes; Toni Morrison on Beloved; and Eileen Simpson on Poets in Their Youth. Anchor Books. Used book in Good Condition. Featured authors include russell baker on growing up; jill Ker Conway on The Road from Coorain; Annie Dillard on An American Childhood; Ian Frazier on Family; Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca Skloot Author. Used book in Good Condition. Hc 360 Inventing the truth offers wisdom from nine notable memoirists about their process Ian Frazier searched through generations of family papers to understand his parents' lives, the hurdles they faced Annie Dillard tackles the central dilemma of memoir: what to put in and what to leave out, and the unexpected joys of bringing their pasts to the page.

Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir - Farrar Straus Giroux. Back Bay Books. Da capo Press. An indispensable book by writers who have experienced firsthand the rewards and challenges of crafting a memoir  Anyone undertaking the project of writing a memoir knows that the events, memories, and emotions of the past often resist the orderly structure of a book.