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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


At the wonderful Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference this past week,

I promised several participants a list of the book titles I mentioned. I’m trying to remember most of the titles I tossed out as part of the discussion on memoir writing–

Here are at least some of those.

The Situation and The Story, Vivian Gornick

Time and the Art of Memoir, Sven Birkerts

The Business of Memory, edited by Charles Baxter

The introduction to Phillip Lopate’s Art of the Personal Essay

I Could Tell You Stories, Patricia Hampl, especially “Memory and Imagination”

Stop-Time, Frank Conroy

Speak, Memory, VS Nabokov

Fierce Attachments, Vivian Gornick

Half a Life, Darin Strauss

The Memory Palace, Mira Bartok

This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff

Duke of Deception, Geoffrey Wolff

Lost in Translation, Eva Hoffman

Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy

Bereft, Jane Bernstein

Where Rivers Change Direction, Mark Spragg

Brother, I’m Dying, Edwidge Danticat

The Invention of Solitude, Paul Auster

And When Did You Last See Your Father? Blake Morrison

The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknovich

The Bill From My Father, Bernard Cooper

Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Nick Flynn

So many more, many more–which I will add as they roll forward in my tired brain.

What a grand conference. Thank you to all of you on the glorious Homer Spit!


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