Why We Write about Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature

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9780142181973: Why We Write about Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature

For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves - bloggers, journal-keepers, aspiring essayists and memoirists this book offers inspiration, encouragement and pithy, practical advice. Twenty of America's bestselling memoirists share their innermost thoughts and hard-earned tips with veteran author Meredith Maran, revealing what drives them to tell their personal stories, and the nuts and bolts of how they do it.

Speaking frankly about issues ranging from turning oneself into an authentic, compelling character to exposing hard truths, these successful authors disclose what keeps them going, what gets in their way and what they love most and least about writing about themselves.

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For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves - bloggers, journal-keepers, aspiring essayists and memoirists - this book offers inspiration, encouragement and pithy, practical advice. Twenty of America's bestselling memoirists share their innermost thoughts and hard-earned tips with veteran author Meredith Maran, revealing what drives them to tell their personal stories, and the nuts and bolts of how they do it. With contributions from Edwidge Danticatt, A.M. Homes, Sue Monk Kidd, Edmund White and many more.

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"Most of the contributors are likely to be familiar to readers... Candid revelations for readers; useful advice and encouragement for aspiring writers. "Kirkus""

This collection reporting why writers write about themselves hops from the fascinating to theclarifying to the downright inspirational. This is not a book to be read lightly nor to be read all at
once it is chock-full of brilliance and insight. Most contributions are so vital and exhilarating that readers will likely set the book aside to go walk, talk, think, and, perhaps, write themselves.A truly stellar collection and a must-read for writers. "Booklist" (starred review)
Candid revelations for readers; useful advice and encouragement for aspiring writers."--"Kirkus"
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In this helpful collection, 20 authors address the challenges of personal writing, from self-reflection to respecting the feelings of the other people in one s life. A diverse group of contributors to speak from their personal experiences while also reflecting on memoir as a genre. "Publishers Weekly"
In this follow-up to Maran s "Why We Write "here are insights offered by key writers ranging from Ishmael Beah, Edwidge Danticat, and Nick Flynn to Sue Monk Kidd, Cheryl Strayed, and Edmund White. "Library Journal "
Bestselling authors spill secrets about the act of spilling secrets. "Wall Street Journal""

Memoirists tell the truth and expose their beating black hearts in Why WeWrite About Ourselves. Vanity Fair
A terrific compendium of insight into the practical craft and philosophical dimensions of how and why the magnetism of memoir works over us and works us over, featuring contributions from masters of the genre [pair it with]Maran s previous anthology, the marvelous Why We Write a compendium of twenty celebrated writers reflections on why they do what they do and an excellent addition to thisevolving archive of timeless advice on the craft. BrainPickings
"This is a book designed to be dipped into. Because there is so much wisdom in these pages. So much is distilled. The very act of creating a memoir requires so much writing, sifting, considering, and more analysis Bravissima." East Hampton Star
Memoirists have long faced the same set of questions: How much truth should you tell? How many secrets can be exposed? What if the truth isnot as you remember it? They're all valid questions without easy answers, because it all depends on who you ask and Maran (Why We Write)asked some heavy hitters. Library Journal
Reading memoirs, I have often wondered what leads someone to write something so intensely personal about not only themselves butthose around them. I have often wondered what impact a public memoir has on an author's personal life and relationships...These essays, to varying degrees, answer these questions. Memories from Books
The book features twenty well-known authors candidly disclosing the origins of their memoirs. In response to Editor Maran s probing questions, achorus of diverse voices and varied motivations emerge from writers including Cheryl Strayed, Anne Lamott, Nick Flynn and James McBride. AuthorLink
I m not exactly sure what I was expecting from this book, but, wow, it blew me away. In Why We Write about Ourselves, twenty popular authorsshare their experiences of writing their own memoirs. They speak about revealing themselves, of being painfully honest, of protecting (or not) theones they love (or don t) After reading this book, oh man, my to-be-read list justgrew, like, exponentially. Bug Bug Book Reviews
Read this book if you have any designs on writing a memoir. It's a quick read (lessthan a week), it's entertaining, and it should help put you in the right frame of mind to accomplish your task. Flying Houses
You shouldn t have affairs. But definitely don t have one with a memoirist.That s one of the few real conclusions I can draw from Why We Write About Ourselves, a collection ofreflections and justifications from 20 practitioners of the memoir art. You know they re going to tell everyoneabout it. It s what they do. It s all they do Aren t those deepest intimacies precisely what we re after when we pick up amemoir? Washington Post"

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