Empathy and forgiveness must begin with understanding. ...more
Tags: abandonment, absent fathers, absent mothers, Bessie Taliaferro, book review, brothers and sisters, Correspondence, depression, E.J. Koh, family, family history, immigrants, immigration, korean, Korean American, language, memoir, parents, poems, poetry, review, Running with Scissors, seoul, siblings, south korea, The Glass Castle, The Liars Club, The Magical Language of Others, translation
Adrienne Brodeur discusses her new memoir, WILD GAME.
Tags: Adrienne Brodeur, affair, alison bechdel, Aspen Words, Ben Souther, Bettyville, George Hodgman, happiness, Heather Harpham, Hold Still, I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, infidelity, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Joan Didion, Joan Wickersham, Liz Button, marriage, Mary Oliver, memoir, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nadia Spiegelman, on monsters, sally mann, The Glass Castle, The Situation and the Story, The Suicide Index, this boy's life, trauma, Vivian Gornick, Wild, Wild Game, Zoetrope
Brittany Hailer shares a list of books to celebrate her debut, THE ANIMAL YOU’LL SURELY BECOME.
Tags: angela carter, Angela’s Ashes, Animal You'll Surely Become, Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth Maybe, Brittany Hailer, Dorothy Allison, Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls, Juicy and Delicious, Junkette, Letisia Cruz, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lori Jakiela, Lucy Alibar, Madeleine Is Sleeping, Molly Gaudry, Russell Edson, Sarah Shotland, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, The Bloody Chamber, The Chronology of Water, The Glass Castle, The Lost Girls Book of Divination, the tunnel, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, We Take Me Apart, What to Read When
Tina Alexis Allen discusses her memoir, HIDING OUT.
Tags: alcoholic, alcoholism, Angela’s Ashes, Appalachia, Catholic Church, catholicism, child abuse, childhood, drugs, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, filmmaking, Frank McCourt, gay, Hiding Out, Iva-Marie Palmer, Jeannette Walls, LGBTQ, memoir, method acting, Outsiders, queer, recovery, screenwriting, Secrets of a Holy Father, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, siblings, sober, sobriety, The Glass Castle, Tina Alexis Allen
A list from Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters to celebrate the release of
This Is the Place: Women Writing about Home. ...more
Tags: 10 Mile Radius, Adrian Nicole Leblanc, alison bechdel, Carson Ellis, Cat Gwynn, celeste ng, Fun Home, home, Homegoing, Housekeeping, Hyperboreal, Jeannette Walls, Joan Kane, Julie Otsuka, Kelly McMasters, Little Fires Everywhere, Margot Kahn, Marilynne Robinson, Random Family, Sandra Cisneros, The Best We Could Do, The Buddha in the Attic, The Glass Castle, The House on Mango Street, Thi Bui, This Is the Place, What to Read When, women writers, Yaa Gyasi
Jerald Walker discusses his memoir,
The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult, the story of his childhood in The Worldwide Church of God, and how the act of writing delivered him from bitterness. ...more
Tags: adolescence, alcohol, alcohol abuse, Alden Jones, autobiography, Billy Graham, blind, book titles, Chicago, childhood, Christianity, church, con man, cults, david sedaris, doomsday, Dorothy Parker, drug abuse, drugs, family, george saunders, ghetto, Grace Communion International, Herbert W. Armstrong, humor, interview, James Thurber, Jeanette Walls, Jeanette Winterson, Jerald Walker, Joseph Tkach Jr, mark twain, memoir, MFA, nightmares, nonfiction, Oral Roberts, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, religion, sexuality, Street Shadows, street violence, The Glass Castle, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, the world in flames, the worldwide church of god, white supremacists, White Supremacy, Worldwide Church of God
Patrick O’Neil talks about his debut memoir
Gun Needle Spoon, being big in France, the drug/recovery genre, and writing through trauma. ...more
Tags: 13e Note, addiction, Alex Haley, American Junkie, Augusten Burroughs, Claude Brown, crime, Danny Bland, debut, Denis Johnson, Down These Mean Streets, drugs, Film, France, Gun Needle Spoon, Heroin, Hold-Up, In Case We Die, James Brown, Jeannette Walls, jerry stahl, jesus son, Jim Carroll, Junky, Manchild in the Promise Land, memoir, memory, MFA, Michelle Tea, musician, noir, Patrick O'Neil, Permanent Midnight, Piri Thomas, PTSD, recovery, Rob Roberge, San Francisco, teaching, teaching writing, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Basketball Diaries, The Glass Castle, The Los Angeles Diaries, Tom Hansen, trauma, Valencia, William S. Burroughs
M.E. Thomas, author of
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight, discusses writing a memoir, being a lawyer and a Mormon, the unreliability of memory—and, of course, being a high-functioning sociopath. ...more
Tags: Andy McNab, Asperger’s syndrome, Calvin and Hobbes, Confessions of a Sociopath, House M.D., Jeanette Walls, Jim Fallon, Kevin Dutton, lawyer, Leslie Jamison, M. E. Thomas, Martha Stout, memoir, metacognition, Mormon, Psychopaths, Robert Hare, sociopaths, the empathy exams, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Glass Castle, The Hunger Games, The Psychopath Inside, The Sociopath Next Door, Westboro Church, Wisdom of the Psychopath, Without Conscience