It took Joyce Maynard twenty-five years of reflection, distance, and understanding to write her first memoir. But when tragedy struck later in life, her second memoir came much more quickly.
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.
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.
A look at some of the year’s best debut literary nonfiction, including books by Sarah Viren, Nicole Chung, Shaelyn Smith, Brian Phillips, and Casey Gerald.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including Sick by Porochista Khakpour and Sons of Achilles by Nabila Lovelace.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including The Dream of Reason by Jenny George.
For Leslie Jamison, who started out writing fiction and published a novel eight years ago, nonfiction offers a method of exploring the richness of life in all its complexities, as illustrated in her new book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath.
The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet talks about his new book, Air Traffic: A Memoir or Ambition and Manhood in America.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including Feel Free by Zadie Smith.
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Marti Leimbach will judge. Submit a memoir of up to 4,000 words with a €16 (approximately $19) entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.