Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir

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Russell Baker, William Knowlton Zinsser
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 227 pages
24 Reviews

An indispensable book by writers who have experienced firsthand the rewards and challenges of crafting a memoir

 

Anyone undertaking the project of writing a memoir knows that the events, memories, and emotions of the past often resist the orderly structure of a book. Inventing the Truth offers wisdom from nine notable memoirists about their process (Ian Frazier searched through generations of family papers to understand his parents' lives), the hurdles they faced (Annie Dillard tackles the central dilemma of memoir: what to put in and what to leave out), and the unexpected joys of bringing their pasts to the page. Featured authors include Russell Baker on Growing Up; Jill Ker Conway on The Road from Coorain; Annie Dillard on An American Childhood; Ian Frazier on Family; Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Colored People; Alfred Kazin on A Walker in the City; Frank McCourt on Angela's Ashes; Toni Morrison on Beloved; and Eileen Simpson on Poets in Their Youth.

  

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Interesting book about writing your own memoir. - Goodreads
Good sound advice for writers. - Goodreads
I'd say a fantastic text for those writing memoir. - Goodreads
Helpful for anyone considering writing a memoir. - Goodreads
I love his writing, his thought process and his mind. - Goodreads
As a writing teacher her input was strong and on task. - Goodreads

Review: Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

The sensationalism of TV talk show in the late 1980's brought a shift in autobiography that would create a new "memoir genre". The national fascination for featured topics relating to alcohol/drug ... Read full review

Review: Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir

User Review  - Pippa - Goodreads

This was quite interesting, and put me on the track of some potentially very interesting memoirs - but it's not the best book to buy if you want advice on writing your own memoirs. Read full review

Contents

RUSSELL BAKER
15
Life with Mother
23
JILL KER CONWAY
41
FRANK McCOURT
61
EILEEN SIMPSON
83
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About the author (1998)

William Zinsser is a writer, editior, and teacher. His fifteen books include the classic On Writing Well, which is in the sixth edition, and Writing to Learn. He lives in New York City.

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