It took Joyce Maynard twenty-five years of reflection, distance, and understanding before she was able to write her first memoir. But when tragedy struck later in life, her second memoir came much more quickly.
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A look at some of the year’s best debut literary nonfiction by Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas, Mike Scalise, Jeannie Vanasco, Durga Chew-Bose, and Thomas Mira y Lopez.
Beth Ann Fennelly highlights five journals that first published pieces appearing in her new book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs.
Girls creator Lena Dunham discusses her new feminist book imprint, Lenny Books, and its first title, Sour Heart, the debut story collection by Jenny Zhang.
Poetry Coalition receives $200,000 grant; on reading Hollywood memoirs; a history of the Beat Generation; and other news.
Page One offers the first lines of a dozen new and noteworthy books, including Roxane Gay’s Hunger and Julia Fierro’s The Gypsy Moth Summer.
Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Mary Gaitskill’s Somebody With a Little Hammer and Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.
Writer and artist Kristen Radtke’s debut graphic memoir, Imagine Wanting Only This, combines vivid illustrations with an unflinching investigation of loss, memory, and the construction and dissolution of the self.
Lucetta Zaytoun discusses the process of self-publishing her debut memoir, It’s Already Tomorrow Here, last year. A publicist and a publishing consultant offer their advice on design, distribution, and long-term marketing strategies to the author.
Writing about trauma is sometimes called “navel-gazing,” particularly for women writers. An essayist and memoirist confronts this stigma, and calls on writers to explore their personal traumas and truths.