Memoir Archive

A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister - "A Month of Sundays" is about the death of Shirley Kress Carter, born in 1937 and died as Christmas ended in 2000. Shirley was a mother of six, a professional caregiver,

A Round-Heeled Woman - You may not know her name, but you have probably heard of Jane Juska, the 66-year-old retired teacher from California who placed the following ad in the

A Three Dog Life - Does she have a husband? Well, Rich is around, a phone call or a visit away. He can speak. He can even make sense: “If I wasn't with you and

A Whole Lotta Love: What The Home Shopping Network Special on ‘Eat Pray Love’ Might Have Offered - Today we're in China and Japan. Why are we anywhere? Just scroll down past the China and Japan recommendations for the reasons behind the 'East Pray Love' special.... But

A Widow’s Story - Guest Blogger Elizabeth Benedict is the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost, and editor of the anthology, Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives.

About Alice - Alice Trillin died in New York City on September 11, 2001. Did anyone else die in Manhattan that day? In “About

Act One - The best Broadway memoir. Ever. I’m not the only one who says it. I read “Act One” on buses and subways and got smiles and big thumbs up. I read “Act One” in

All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia. With Refreshments - Salmon swim upstream, and so do the children of unhappily married Jewish women. Alex Witchel had the full cast of characters. A remote, disapproving father who once punched her in the

All in Good Time - "Welcome to the evening," the voice on the radio said, and you stopped for a minute when you heard those words, because they were so full of promise you had

All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness - Sheila Hamilton’s business is getting the story. She does it very well --- as a television reporter, she’s won five Emmys. In Portland, Oregon, where she hosts the morning drive-time

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny - We all have a list of books/movies/music that make us nuts. Based on what I heard, this book surely looked to be on mine.   Consider: One Monday on a New York street,

And There Was Light: The Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, Blind Hero of the French Resistance - His favorite color was green --- the color, he later learned, of hope. And hope is what pours over you on every page of Jacques Lusseyran’s memoir. It’s unavoidable. It’s the

Andy Warhol - I would bet that most Americans think that Andy Warhol was some kind of idiot --- at best, an idiot savant.  His art was of the

Angela’s Ashes - Angela’s Ashes, the first of Frank McCourt’s memoirs, touched me deeply. And not just for itself. It took me back, to when I was 15 and in my first year

Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason -   Guest Butler Barbara Finkelstein is the author of Summer Long-a-coming. Her pieces for Head Butler include In Defense of Long Books and The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. She

As Always, Jack - I crave a simple, old-fashioned book. With nice people I'd like to meet. With only one plot, so I don't have to remember who's who in the cast. And

Barbara Walters: Audition - I'm not sure what Barbara Walters makes now, but from 2000 to 2005, she reportedly earned $12 million a year. She surely got a nice advance from Knopf

Barefoot to Babylon - The memoir of the year. I’d bet you’ll agree. If you read it. Is “Barefoot to Avalon” sad? Try heartbreaking. And not just because David Payne’s 42-year-old brother, George A.,

Bettyville - When George Hodgman was a boy, he and his mother ended the day holding hands and praying. Not just for themselves, but for all the people in their tiny Missouri

Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny - Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a Washington-based organization that has, since 1993, helped more than 22,000 women in war-ravaged