17. The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If I could, I'd give this 4.5 stars for overusing "carnal" and "carnality" for physically embodied descriptions. Otherwise though, really great.
If you are interested in writing or especially in writing a memoir, there's lots of great info here. She is upfront with the book's opening sentence, "No one elected me the boss of memoir."
Still, she knows a great deal more about it than I do, and I welcome her personal expertise and analysis of other memoir writers.
Also, there's a reading list of about 200 memoirs in the back. (I've read a lot of autobiographies, but only about 10 of these. Definitely some that I will look for.)
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