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Books on Memoir and Life Writing

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On Writing Well 6th Ed Pb - William K. Zinsser; K. Zinsser
Call Number: PE1429 .Z5 1998
ISBN: 9780062735232
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
On Writing Well, which grew out of a course that William Zinsser taught at Yale, has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity, and for the warmth of its style. It is a book for anybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts, or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you both fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished practitioner. How to Write a Memoir tells you how to write the story of your life. Everyone has a story - whether you're a professional writer or just want to validate your personal and family reminiscences, William Zinsser explains how to do it, and do it well.

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Telling True Stories - Wendy Call (Editor); Mark Kramer (Editor)
Call Number: PN4781 .T45 2007
ISBN: 9780452287556
Publication Date: 2007-01-30
Inspiring stories and practical advice from America's most respected journalists The country's most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard's Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Telling True Stories presents their best advice--covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book. More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including: * Tom Wolfe on the emotional core of the story * Gay Talese on writing about private lives * Malcolm Gladwell on the limits of profiles * Nora Ephron on narrative writing and screenwriters * Alma Guillermoprieto on telling the story and telling the truth * Dozens of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists from the Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and more . . . The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, as well as for freelance writers, radio producers, and memoirists. Packed with refreshingly candid and insightful recommendations, Telling True Stories will show anyone fascinated by the art of writing nonfiction how to bring people, scenes, and ideas to life on the page.

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The Nonfictionist's Guide - Robert Root
Call Number: PN3377.5.R45 R66 2008
ISBN: 9780742556171
Publication Date: 2007-11-29
A vital and growing form, nonfiction has needed a sustained discussion about its poetics-both the theory and the craft of this genre. The Nonfictionist's Guide offers a lively exploration of the elements of contemporary nonfiction and suggests imaginative approaches to writing it. Each chapter on a vital aspect of contemporary nonfiction concludes with a separate section of relevant notes for nonfictionists. Beginning with a new definition of nonfiction and an explanation of the nonfiction motive, this book discusses the use of experimental forms, the effects of present and past tense and experiential and reflective voices, and the issue of truth. Robert Root provides ground-breaking explorations of the segmented essay and the role of spaces as an essential literary device, guiding both readers and writers through the innovative and stimulating ways we write nonfiction now. Book jacket.

Writing Creative Nonfiction - Theodore R. Cheney
Call Number: PN3377.5.R45 C46 1991
ISBN: 9780898154115
Publication Date: 1991-04-01
What do writers as diverse as Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, and Hunter S. Thompson have in common? All are masters of the art of writing creative nonfiction, capable of infusing the most prosaic of topics with wit, poignancy, and style. "Writing Creative Nonfiction" outlines the tried-and-true techniques that such writers use to craft brilliant essays, articles, and book-length works, making the tools of trade accessible to those of us who have always dreamed of making our mark in publishing. You'll learn how to write gripping opening sentences; use dialogue and even overheard conversations to bring characters to life on the page: and conduct and incorporate research to add depth and breadth to your work. With the demand for content in both traditional and emerging medias at an all-time high, you too can become a cultural critic, biographer, or esteemed essayist with the help of this indispensable guide.

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The Art of Creative Nonfiction - Lee Gutkind
Call Number: PN145 .G86 1997
ISBN: 9780471113560
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
A complete guide to the art and craft of creative nonfiction--from one of its pioneer practitioners The challenge of creative nonfiction is to write the truth in a style that is as accurate and informative as reportage, yet as personal, provocative, and dramatic as fiction. In this one-of-a-kind guide, award-winning author, essayist, teacher, and editor Lee Gutkind gives you concise, pointed advice on every aspect of writing and selling your work, including: * Guidelines for choosing provocative--and salable--topics * Smart research techniques--including advice on conducting penetrating interviews and using electronic research tools * Tips for focusing and structuring a piece for maximum effectiveness * Advice on working successfully with editors and literary agents

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Creative Nonfiction - Philip Gerard
Call Number: PN145 .G427 1996
ISBN: 9781884910074
Publication Date: 1996-02-15
"Gerard covers everything from getting the assignment to conducting a stirring interview to working with an editor - including how to go "where the story lives" to experience the first-hand emotional facts - sights, smells, sounds - that will give your story immediacy; find the right form for the story you want to tell - essay, memoir, nature piece, political analysis, investigative exposes, personality profile; write an opening that catches the reader's attention and an ending that leaves a lasting impression; craft an engaging story by applying fiction elements such as dialogue, plot and conflict; find a voice readers can trust, and a writing style that "sings"; write other people's stories. (Gerard addresses such ethical and legal questions as libel, privacy, "off the record"); and revise your work in light of what you know now ... re-envision what the story really is." "Throughout, you'll find examples, advice and inspiration from some of today's greatest nonfiction writers - such as Terry Tempest Williams, Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez and Ron Powers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Famous Memoirs, Biographies, and Life Writings

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Confessions - Jean-Jacques Rousseau; P. N. Furbank
Call Number: PQ2036 A5 1992
ISBN: 9780679409984
Publication Date: 1992-06-02
Rousseau's ideas have influenced almost every major political development of the last two hundred years, and are crucial to an understanding of phenomena as diverse as the French Revolution, modern educational theory, and the contemporary environmental movement. This is reason enough to draw attention to his startlingly alive autobiography. But the Confessions is also among the greatest self-portraits in world literature -which suggests, even more than the impact of Rousseau's thought, the extent to which the very high opinion he had of himself was ultimately justified.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass; Benjamin Quarles (Editor)
Call Number: E449 .D74905 1960
ISBN: 9780674601017
Publication Date: 1960-01-01
Frederick Douglass was born into bondage and sold repeatedly in the slave markets of the South. Because he secretly taught himself to read and write, we possess one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. Written over 100 years ago, this classic goes far to explain why American still suffers from the great injustices of the past.

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Walden and Other Writings - Henry David Thoreau; Brooks Atkinson (Editor)
Call Number: PS3042.A7 1992
ISBN: 9780679600046
Publication Date: 1992-09-05
With their call for "simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”, for self-honesty, and for harmony with nature, the writings of Henry David Thoreau are perhaps the most influential philosophical works in all American literature. The selections in this volume represent Thoreau at his best. Included in their entirety are Walden, his indisputable masterpiece, and his two great arguments for nonconformity, Civil Disobedience and Life Without Principle. A lifetime of brilliant observation of nature--and of himself--is recorded in selections from A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers, Cape Cod, The Maine Woods and The Journal.

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Palimpsest - Gore Vidal
Call Number: PS3543.I26 Z474 1996
ISBN: 9780679440383
Publication Date: 1995-10-03
This explosively entertaining memoir abounds in gossip, satire, historical apercus, and trenchant observations. Vidal's compelling narrative weaves back and forth in time, providing a whole view of the author's celebrated life, from his birth in 1925 to today, and features a cast of memorable characters--including the Kennedy family, Marlon Brando, Anais Nin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. of photos.

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Running with Scissors - Augusten X. Burroughs
Call Number: PS3552.U745 Z477 2002
ISBN: 9780312355647
Publication Date: 2006-09-05
Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer,and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs... . Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

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