Category Archives: Memoir Controversies

Memory and Truth–Three Different Memoirs from One Family

You may have read about how Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs created dissension in his own family and in the family of Dr. Finch, the psychiatrist with whom Burroughs went to live at the age of 13. There have … Continue reading

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A Million Little Pieces of Memoir Genre Trust

Like most of my readers, I am an admirer of Greg Mortenson and think what he has done  in Afghanistan and Pakistan–building schools (helping girls, especially) and building relationships of trust–is the best way for Americans to interact with the … Continue reading

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Say It Ain’t So, Greg! Three Cups of Tea Comes Under Memoir Scrutiny

I loved the book Three Cups of Tea. You likely did also if you read it. This morning The New York Times carried an investigative story that questions the veracity of the central narrative about stumbling upon Korphe, a village … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth About One's Life: Memoir Controversies

What would a memoir blog be without a category for memoir controversy? Can you trust the label of memoir when it appears on a book?  Today’s writers, editors, and their lawyer’s are continuing to ask Pontius Pilate’s question, “What is … Continue reading

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My Mother's Pulpit: Published Memoir, Contest Winner, Ethical Dilemma

Ask memoir writers what their greatest challenge is and many will say, “how and when do I share my writing with the relatives and friends who are part of my story?”  Up to now, when I finished a personal essay, … Continue reading

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Memoir Controversy: Does Gender Matter?

My friend Sonia, who is doing a fantastic job of blogging about her experience as an expatriate in many different countries (check out http://gutsywriter.blogspot.com) and who has written a memoir about taking her family, including three teenage sons, to Belize … Continue reading

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The Latest Memoir Controversy: Angel at the Fence

“Read all about it!,” the newsboys could be saying, if there were newsboys today. “Another memoir bites the dust!”  “Oprah decides to vet all future memoirists with truth serum!”  Of course, there is brand new president, wars in Iraq and … Continue reading

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