In twenty essays, this anthology edited by author and book critic Meredith Maran gleans the expertise of major memoirists—including Sue Monk Kidd, Cheryl Strayed, Jesmyn Ward, and Edmund White—who are dedicated to the craft of creative nonfiction. Topics range from turning oneself into an authentic character to the art behind exposing difficult personal details, and the practical obstacles that come in the way of writing. Why We Write About Ourselves is an authentic and inspiring read for anybody seeking to tell their truth.
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