“Memory is not a journalist’s tool. Memory glimmers and hints, but shows nothing sharply or clear.” ...more
. . . good writing and good storytelling has to exceed the relatable . . . ...more
Only after this memoir was I able to see the Kafka truth: We are telling our necessary truths. We are the necessary heroes of our own narratives. Somewhere inside all of it, there is a collective truth, one we can safely tell. ...more
I don’t ever do anything from a place of fear—which is an odd place for me to be in because I have anxiety—but I have to [step into places of discomfort] because that’s where growth happens. If you’re comfortable, you’re not growing. ...more
Jeri Frederickson discusses her debut collection, YOU ARE NOT LOST.
Tags: A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love, A Wreath for Emmitt Till, applesauce, Awakenings, canning, Chicago, childhood trauma, container, crown sonnet, David Attenborough, Elizabeth Bishop, Finishing Line Press, Jeri Frederickson, Maggie Smith, marie howe, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Oliver, Mary Wroth, memoir, One Art, poems, poetry, sonnet, trauma, You Are Not Lost
To be imbricated in hundreds of years of colonial violence is to be entangled in colorist logics and stories of loss and belonging that are rarely linear or singular. ...more
Tags: blackness, book review, Cambridge, caribbean, childhood trauma, collage, colonialism, cooperative, Essay Press, essay writing, essays, farming, historical trauma, homophobia, hybrid, hybrid genre, hybrid memoir, immigration, katherine agyemaa agard, kathryn walkiewicz, Lapeyrouse, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, memoir, microagression, microagressions, mixed media, mothers, mothers and daughters, of colour, patriarchy, Peter Doig, photography, poems, poetry, Port of Spain, prose poems, queer, queerness, Racism, review, sexism, sexuality, slavery, trauma, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, visual art, whiteness
James Tate Hill discusses his new memoir, BLIND MAN’S BLUFF.
Tags: Academy Gothic, Appalachia, Appalachian, blind, Blind Man's Bluff, blindness, Carmen Machado, carmen maria machado, disability, eyesight, gender roles, House of Prayer No. 2, impostor syndrome, In the Dream House, James Tate Hill, Jess deCourcy Hinds, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, Literary Hub, Mark Richard, masculinity, memoir, monkeybicycle, pop culture, prince, revision, second person, Sounds Like Titanic, The Situation and the Story, vision loss, Vivian Gornick, West Virginia
Elissa Washuta discusses her new essay collection, WHITE MAGIC.
Tags: Adrienne Keene, apophenia, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, colonialism, Cowlitz, cultural appropriation, Elissa Washuta, essays, Greg Mania, magic, memoir, My Body Is a Book of Rules, Native American, occult, research, Tin House, Urban Indian Health Institute, White Magic, whiteness, witch, witchcraft
Ariel Henley discusses her debut memoir, A FACE FOR PICASSO.
Tags: A Face for Picasso, ableism, Anne Patchett, Ariel Henley, Autobiography of a Face, chronic illness, Crouzon, Crouzon syndrome, cubism, debut memoir, Educated, Françoise Gilot, identical twins, Lucy Grealy, medical trauma, memoir, Tara Westover, trauma, Twins, young adult
Rajiv Mohabir discusses ANTIMAN and CUTLISH.
Tags: Anjoli Roy, Antiman, Bhojpuri, bollywood, book covers, book design, Calypso, caribbean, Caribbean Equality Project, colonialism, colonization, cover design, Cutlish, desi, Devi Laskar, family, Four Way Books, grandmother, Guyana, heritage, homophobia, hybrid, hybrid genre, hybrid memoir, identity, immigrants, India, Indo-Caribbean, Islamophobia, Jackson Heights, Jahajee Sisters, Joseph Han, Madhushree Ghosh, memoir, microaggressions, Na Kim, poems, poetry, queens, queer, Racism, Rajiv Mohabir, Restless Books, sexuality, Shikha Saklani Malaviya, south asian, The Taxidermist's Cut
Megan Stielstra discusses her recently rereleased books EVERYONE REMAIN CALM and ONCE I WAS COOL.
Tags: 2nd story, Amanda Delheimer, audience, awp, Chicago, Craft in the Real World, Deborah Levy, Everyone Remain Calm, fiction, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, genre, girlhood, Laura Joyce-Hubbard, Lidia Yuknavitch, Love in the Time of Cholera, Matthew Salesses, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, memoir, motherhood, mothering, nonfiction, Northwestern University Press, Once I Was Cool, parenting, postpartum, postpartum depression, Roxane Gay, Short Story Collection, story collection, The Chronology of Water, The Cost of Living, Things I Don't Want to Know
Amid all this survival, Cho carries the reader through with the comfort of food. ...more
Tags: Asian Americans, book review, Chehalis, food, generational trauma, grace m. cho, identity, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Korea, Korean American, memoir, mental illness, migration, mothers, mothers and daughters, Racism, research, review, schizophrenia, sonja flancher, tastes like war, trauma, violence, war, war writing, washington
The best books I have read about motherhood have not reassured me that these feelings will resolve. ...more
Tags: abigail tucker, book review, c-section, childbirth, children, control, depression, elizabeth barber, family, fathers, gender roles, husbands, husbands and wives, journalism, journalist, maternal instinct, memoir, mom genes, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Nell Frizzell, NICU, pregnancy, privilege, Rachel Cusk, research, review, Ross Douthat, Smithsonian Magazine, The Lion in the Living Room, The Panic Years, women's bodies, women's health
To have lost, found, and then lost again seems especially wrenching, a kind of unmothering. ...more
Tags: adoption, birth mother, book review, Campus Cuties, childhood, childhood trauma, Chin-Sun Lee, Cornell University, Dare Wright, debut collection, debut memoir, divorce, dollhouse, dolls, Domecon, fairy tale, family, family history, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, Jean Nathan, John Broadus Watson, literary tropes, marriage, Megan Culhane Galbraith, memoir, memoir-in-essays, memories, memory, motherhood, mothering, mothers, patriarchy, photographs, photography, review, The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Book, The Lonely Doll, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, trauma
As the title suggests, Sanctuary creates a safe space for grief in all its forms. ...more
Tags: Amy Reardon, book review, death, divorce, Emily Rapp Black, grief, loss, marriage, memoir, mortality, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, parenting, Poster Child, review, sanctuary, The Still Point of the Turning World
Jan Beatty discusses her new memoir, AMERICAN BASTARD.
Tags: Abuse, adoptee, adoption, Adrienne Rich, American Bastard, Anne Sexton, Barry Lopez, Betty Jean Lifton, Carlow University, Debra Gwartney, feminism, feminist, feminist poetry, freedom, genre, Home Ground, hybrid genre, Jan Beatty, Judith Vollmer, Julie Marie Wade, Kate Gale, Madwomen in the Attic, memoir, Nikki Moustaki, Patricia Dobler, Pittsburgh, poems, poetry, rape, Red Hen Press, Red Sugar, reproductive freedom, Roselia Asylum and Maternity Hospital, Satan Says, sexual violence, Sharon Olds, sylvia plath, University of Pittsburgh, vulnerability, West Virginia University, working class
Anne Liu Kellor discusses her debut memoir, HEART RADICAL.
Tags: Anne Liu Kellor, bilingual, Chengdu, China, Chinese, Chinese American, Cultural Revolution, debut memoir, family trauma, generational trauma, genocide, Grace Loh Prasad, Heart Radical, Heart Radical: A Search for Language Love and Belonging, heritage, historical trauma, identity, intergenerational memory, intergenerational trauma, language, Lhasa, Mandarin, memoir, mixed race, Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound, Seattle, tibet, travel, travel memoir, travel writing, White Supremacy
Dr. M. Leona Godin discusses her new book, THERE PLANT EYES.
Tags: ableism, ableist, blind, blindness, book covers, Braille, cover design, disability, Downcast Eyes, helen keller, intersectional, intersectionality, John Milton, Kerry Kijewski, Lawrence Rosenblum, M Leona Godin, Martin Jay, memoir, metaphor, metaphors, Milton, ocularcentrism, Oliver Sacks, Paradise Lost, Stigma, The Miracle Worker, The Radical Lives of Helen Keller, There Plant Eyes, There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, tropes
Zauner’s memoir is not a performance, but an act of love, including all the dirty little bits that come with it. ...more
Tags: A House Waiting for Music, book review, cancer, Charly Bliss, childhood, Crying in H Mart, Darcy Jay Gagnon, death, debut memoir, Eugene, family, food, food writing, grief, identity, Japanese Breakfast, JJ Johnson, Jonathan Van Ness, korean, Korean American, loss, Louise Erdrich, memoir, MFK Fisher, Michelle Zauner, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, Oregon, Psychopomp, review, The Blue Jay's Dance, The Gastronomical Me, Yellow K Records
In this lush and raw account, musicians play, voices harmonize and then separate again, town after Alaska town rolls by… and Waterfield searches for home. ...more
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, absent mother, absent mothers, absent parent, Alaska, Anchorage, book review, Borrowed Finery, childhood, community, depression, Fairbanks, family, Frank Conroy, Inside Passage, Keema Waterfield, Mary Karr, memoir, mothers, mothers and daughters, music festivals, parents, Paula Fox, Portage, review, Ronit Feinglass Plank, Ronit Plank, sexual abuse, single motherhood, Single Mothers, Stop-Time, The Liars Club
Kyle Beachy discusses his new memoir, THE MOST FUN THING.
Tags: aging, brian evenson, Don DeLillo, essay collection, essay writing, essays, Gaston Bachelard, holly m. wendt, Jason Jessee, Jenkem, Kyle Beachy, marriage, memoir, memoir-in-essays, Mos Def, phillip lopate, Point Omega, Publishing, publishing industry, skateboarding, sports, the Classical, The Most Fun Thing, The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life, The Slide, toxic masculinity, Vent City
is a book that’s by turns smart, sad, and scathing. ...more
Tags: adolescence, alcohol, alcohol abuse, alcoholism, Ancco, book review, capitalism, cartooning, Cho Nam-Joo, Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Drawn and Quarterly, drinking, family, grandmothers, graphic memoir, graphic memoirs, intergenerational memory, Kim Ji-young Born 1982, Korea, memoir, millennial, millennials, misogyny, mothers, Nineteen, patriarchy, R.A. Frumkin, review, seoul, smartphones, technology, teenagers
Poet Oliver de la Paz discusses art-making, hybrid forms, and his work.
Tags: A Face to Meet the Faces, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Denise Duhamel, fatherhood, fathers, Ferdinand Marcos, filipino, Filipino American, Gail Wronsky, Holly Iglesias, hybrid, hybrid genre, immigrants, Joseph Legaspi, Julie Marie Wade, Kristen Tracy, memoir, neurodivergent, neurodiverse, Oliver de la Paz, parenting, persona poems, Philippines, poems, poetry, Post Subject: A Fable, prose poem, prose poems, requiem for the orchard, robert penn warren, Stacey Lynn Brown, teaching, teaching writing, The Boy in the Labyrinth, Zbigniew Herbert
Emilly Prado discusses her debut essay collection, FUNERAL FOR FLACA.
Tags: adolescence, bilingual, Bitch Media, Chicana, diaries, diary, Eating Disorder, eating disorders, Emilly Prado, essay collection, essay writing, essays, family, family secret, fathers, fathers and daughters, Funeral for Flaca, Future Tense, Future Tense Books, Independent Publishing Resource Center, journaling, Kevin Sampsell, Margaret Malone, Melissa Matthewson, memoir, Mexican-American, Mexico, Music, Portland, Spanish, therapy, trauma
Anna Qu discusses her debut memoir, MADE IN CHINA.
Tags: absent fathers, Anna Qu, child abuse, childhood trauma, China, Chinese, Chinese American, Chinese immigrant, debut memoir, family trauma, fathers, fathers and daughters, gender roles, generational trauma, girlhood, grandmother, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Made in America, Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor, Megan Vered, Melissa Febos, memoir, misogyny, model minority, mothers, mothers and daughters, sexism, therapy, Vivian Gornick, Wenzhou
James Brown and Patrick O’Neil discuss WRITING YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY.
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, Anarchy at the Circle K, Apology to the Young Addict, collaboration, craft, creative writing, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, dyslexia, dyslexic, Gun Needle Spoon, Heroin, incarceration, James Brown, journaling, los angeles, memoir, Patrick O'Neil, philip lopate, prison, recovery, sobriety, Sue William Silverman, The Los Angeles Diaries, This River, Tim Hillegonds, triggers, Vivian Gornick, Voices on Addiction, Writing Your Way to Recovery
By the end of the collection, Febos has managed to rewrite or erase entirely many parts of the patriarchal script that held her bound. ...more
Tags: #gendergap, Abandon Me, adolescence, Body Double, book review, Brian DePalma, consent, cuddle parties, cuddle party, depersonalization, Ellen Wayland-Smith, empty consent, enthusiastic consent, essay collection, essay writing, essays, female bodies, female body, feminism, gender inequality, gendered violence, girlhood, Law and Order: SVU, LGBTQ, Marcia Baczynski, Melissa Febos, memoir, misogyny, patriarchal, patriarchy, Philip Rieff, PTSD, Reid Mihalko, review, Sex, sexism, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexuality, stalking, The Triumph of the Therapeutic, trauma, violence against women, Whip Smart, women's bodies
Andrea Actis discusses her debut book, GREY ALL OVER.
Tags: addiction, alcoholism, aliens, Andrea Actis, Communion: A True Story, daughters, dead, death, dreams, drinking, experimental poetry, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, generational trauma, Grey All Over, grief, hybrid genre, intergenerational trauma, memoir, nada alic, paranormal, parents, poems, poetry, Supernatural, The Astronaut Farmer, UFOs, Walter Benjamin, whiteness, Whitley Strieber, working class
Musa Okwonga discusses IN THE END, IT WAS ALL ABOUT LOVE and ONE OF THEM.
Tags: Anushree Nande, autofiction, berlin, bisexual, Diary of a Film, Gao Xingjian, hypermasculinity, immigrants, immigration, In the End It Was All about Love, Kampala, LGBTQ, magic realism, memoir, Musa Okwonga, nationalism, Niven Govinden, novella, One of Them, poems, poetry, Racism, Senegal, Sharon Dodua Otoo, slavery, Uganda, vulnerability