Around the time that Melanie Holmes read and reviewed Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison here the prison topic came my way again. Author Jan Smitowicz contacted me about his new memoir, Rebel Hell. Jan has quite a story to tell, and it is about anything but getting a college degree while in prison.
Phil Knight (Buck) writes as well as he sells shoes. The personal memoir, Shoe Dog, by the founder of the NIKE empire shows the grit, tenacity, challenges and continuous near failure endured over the course of more than a decade before finally reaching the pinnacle of athletic shoe achievement (something that didn’t even exist before […]
Ever thought about writing a memoir? A client of mine who is in the midst of writing a memoir passed on this insightful interview excerpt with Salman Rushdie at Emory University in 2011. He explains why the best of memoirs employ the novelistic technique. Check it out:
My favorite cyberspace sleuth who often gives me tips on articles to check out recently sent me some good words about Nicole Hardy’s recent book, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin. I asked if she’d write her take on the book for posting here, and she graciously accepted. The book has been summed up as, “A […]
Review by Lyz Rudolph-Michaels An entertaining read of complex, emotional substance, Dani Alpert’s memoir, The Girlfriend Mom, tells the story of a childfree woman who falls for a divorcee with two children. During their eight-year relationship, she struggles to find her role in his children’s lives, eventually falling for them too. Ultimately, Alpert must also […]
Review by Erica L. Bergmann Long regarded as an outspoken advocate for those identifying as childfree, Marcia Drut-Davis is no stranger to controversy nor the challenges — as we learn in her new book, What?! You Don’t Want Children? Understanding Rejection in the Childfree Lifestyle — of living as an outlier.
Review by Brittany Brolley Luke Dittrich’s New York Times bestseller, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets is exactly that. Part biography and part memoir, Dittrich tells the unforgettable life story of how a young factory worker named Henry Molaison (Patient H.M.) became the most studied person in the history of neuroscience.
by Brittany Brolley In her first book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned,” Lena Dunham fearlessly tackles a variety of topics with the candor and self-deprecation of a best friend. From her Obsessive Compulsive diagnosis to the lingering effects that being raped has on the psyche, her collection […]
This book will hit your heart and mind, hard. Author Katy Butler has written a moving and informative memoir that will stick with you and inspire contemplation. In Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, we intimately go with Katy on her complicated journey of vowing to help her mother get […]
One of my new heroes is Captain Paul Watson, activist and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Reading his recent commentary, “Human Lives Are Not More Important Than Animal Lives” in Outdoor Journal and then shortly after finishing the book, Other than Mother set off swirls of contemplation. Let me explain.