Monthly Archives: December 2009

Ben Yagoda on NPR: Great Overview of Memoir History

Two days ago I posted an NPR story summary with my own slant on it. It got picked up on and reached hundreds of viewers, instantly becoming my most viewed post. That was exciting. Thanks,! Come to think … Continue reading

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Why I am Loving My Kindle: And a Request for Readers to Report on Their Own E-book Experiences

A few weeks ago I posted a list of 18 books I had blogged about in the last six months. At the end of the list I included two books I have not yet read, pictured here. Today I got out … Continue reading

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Rosanne Cash's "The List"–A Confirmation of the Value of the "Top 100"

Terry Gross, host of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” recently interviewed Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, and singer/songwriter in her own right.  Here is the link to a great interview. On the radio program Cash samples 4 or 5 songs from her latest … Continue reading

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The Blind Side and Invictus: Two Movies Worth Watching

I have always been a sucker for a good sports story–even though as a Mennonite farm girl I was not allowed to play competitive sports myself. One Saturday afternoon in the mid 1960’s, while I was performing one of my … Continue reading

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Memoir Holiday Presents: Just in Time for the Last Two Weeks Before Christmas

Of course you want to know which memoirs make great gifts.  So here is a quick and dirty guide to what’s good from my perspective. Hope it helps you delight someone who loves to read life stories. You can make shopping … Continue reading

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The Reviewer's Role: Is A Touch of Memoir Appropriate, Honest, Intrusive, Something Else?

Reading and reviewing books side-by-side offers a way of increasing the number of perspectives and experiences one can weave together. The reading process itself is an interactive one. At a minimum it includes the author’s voice and values, reader’s values and … Continue reading

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Karen Armstrong's Charter for Compassion: Memoir in Action

A few months ago I read and reviewed Karen Armstrong’s memoir The Spiral Staircase here. At the time I never imagined that I would have the opportunity of meeting her. Imagine my delight, then, when she announced that she would … Continue reading

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