Reflecting Early: 7 Memoirs by Young Authors

Column by Leah Dearborn
There's a longtime debate about memoir. Can it only be produced after years of carefully accrued wisdom and self-reflection?

My Unlikely Writing Influences

Column by David Cranmer July 25, 2017
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Joyce are just some of the names that come to mind when discussing writing influences, but inspiration can come from unlikely sources.

On the Trail of a Murder: Helene Stapinski on Research and Memoir

Column by Karis Rogerson
Helene Stapinski discusses the research process behind her latest memoir, 'Murder in Matera', and gives some advice to aspiring writers.
Bookshots: 'Sirens' by Joshua Mohr

Bookshots: 'Sirens' by Joshua Mohr

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky
The struggle never ends in this melancholy memoir.
Bookshots: 'Nicotine' by Gregor Hens

Bookshots: 'Nicotine' by Gregor Hens

Review by Gabino Iglesias January 10, 2017
A German translator revisits his entire life through the filter of his very powerful addiction to nicotine.
Joshua Mohr, Memoir, Fargo

A Conversation with Joshua Mohr about UFOs, Heart Surgeries, and His New Memoir 'Sirens'

Interview by Rob Hart
Joshua Mohr and Rob Hart dish about Nazi doctors, parenting, the finer points of UFOs in season 2 of 'Fargo', and how baby bjorns are the new Special K.
Bookshots: 'The Sick Bag Song' by Nick Cave

Bookshots: 'The Sick Bag Song' by Nick Cave

Review by Leah Dearborn November 7, 2016
Would I want to live in Nick Cave's mind? Probably not, but I don't really think he does either.

Bookshots: 'My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir' by Chris Offut

Column by Richard Thomas April 19, 2016
In 'My Father, the Pornographer', Offutt takes us on the journey with him, reading his father’s prodigious literary output as both a critic and as a son seeking answers.
Bookshots: 'The Inventors' by Peter Selgin

Bookshots: 'The Inventors' by Peter Selgin

Review by Ed Sikov
A writer takes on the facts and fictions that made him who he is.
How You Announce Your Memoir When You're Prince

How You Announce Your Memoir When You're Prince

News by Peter Derk March 21, 2016
Prince announces his upcoming 2017 memoir in no less than two outfits.
Bookshots: 'Why We Write About Ourselves' edited by Meredith Maran

Bookshots: 'Why We Write About Ourselves' edited by Meredith Maran

Review by Freddie Moore
20 writers get personal about why they expose themselves and others for a good story.

Three Books About... Beginnings

Column by Cath Murphy
Are memoirs true? Of course they aren't.
Bookshots: 'Drawing Blood' by Molly Crabapple

Bookshots: 'Drawing Blood' by Molly Crabapple

Review by Brian McGackin
In which our intrepid writer offers up perhaps the most unhelpful review ever.
David Lynch Memoir Coming 2017

David Lynch Memoir Coming 2017

News by Max Booth III October 19, 2015
When the 'Twin Peaks' revival inevitably disappoints us all, at least we will have a cool new book to help ease the pain.

Patton Oswalt's Night Café and the Script that Changed Joss Whedon Forever

Column by Bart Bishop September 23, 2015
A look at Patton Oswalt's concept of the Night Café, a room you enter and leave changed forever. For Joss Whedon, that room was his Alien: Resurrection script.
That Thing You Do With Your Mouth by Samantha Matthews and David Sh

Bookshots: 'That Thing You Do With Your Mouth' by Samantha Matthews and David Shields

Review by Christopher Shultz
A non-linear journey into the life and experiences of someone both sexually-liberated and repressed.
Unpublished Orson Welles Memoir Found at the University of Michigan

Unpublished Orson Welles Memoir Found at the University of Michigan

News by Emily Rose Lathrop
The University of Michigan special collections library has unpacked an unpublished memoir by Orson Welles.
Where the Bird Sings Best

Bookshots: 'Where the Bird Sings Best' by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Review by Christopher Shultz April 6, 2015
The acclaimed artist presents his familial history through his own avant-garde lens.
Bookshots: 'Why I Don't Write Children's Literature' by Gary Soto

Bookshots: 'Why I Don't Write Children's Literature' by Gary Soto

Review by Tiffany Turpin Johnson
A memoir-in-essays by multi-award-winning poet and former children's author Gary Soto.
Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Bookshots: 'Girl in a Band' by Kim Gordon

Review by Christopher Shultz February 23, 2015
What's it like to be a girl in a band? Kim Gordon—artist and founding member of Sonic Youth—both answers the question and debunks it.
The Late David Carr's Memoir Sells Out on Amazon

The Late David Carr's Memoir Sells Out on Amazon

News by Raine Winters
David Carr's memory lives on in his book, "The Night of the Gun."
Bookshots: 'Whipping Boy' By Allen Kurzweil

Bookshots: 'Whipping Boy' By Allen Kurzweil

Review by Keith Rawson January 20, 2015
A brief review of Allen Kurzweil's memoir, 'Whipping Boy'.
Bookshots: 'Starve The Vulture' By Jason Carney

Bookshots: 'Starve The Vulture' By Jason Carney

Review by Keith Rawson
A brief review of poet Jason Carney's exceptional autobiography, 'Starve The Vulture'.
Bookshots: 'Silver Screen Fiend' by Patton Oswalt

Bookshots: 'Silver Screen Fiend' by Patton Oswalt

Review by Ed Sikov
A successful comedian/writer/actor looks back at a youth spent with all us people out there in the dark.