Where the Bird Sings Best

Bookshots: 'Where the Bird Sings Best' by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Review by Christopher Shultz April 6, 2015
The acclaimed artist presents his familial history through his own avant-garde lens.
Bookshots: 'Why I Don't Write Children's Literature' by Gary Soto

Bookshots: 'Why I Don't Write Children's Literature' by Gary Soto

Review by Tiffany Turpin Johnson
A memoir-in-essays by multi-award-winning poet and former children's author Gary Soto.
Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Bookshots: 'Girl in a Band' by Kim Gordon

Review by Christopher Shultz February 23, 2015
What's it like to be a girl in a band? Kim Gordon—artist and founding member of Sonic Youth—both answers the question and debunks it.
The Late David Carr's Memoir Sells Out on Amazon

The Late David Carr's Memoir Sells Out on Amazon

News by Raine Winters
David Carr's memory lives on in his book, "The Night of the Gun."
Bookshots: 'Whipping Boy' By Allen Kurzweil

Bookshots: 'Whipping Boy' By Allen Kurzweil

Review by Keith Rawson January 20, 2015
A brief review of Allen Kurzweil's memoir, 'Whipping Boy'.
Bookshots: 'Starve The Vulture' By Jason Carney

Bookshots: 'Starve The Vulture' By Jason Carney

Review by Keith Rawson
A brief review of poet Jason Carney's exceptional autobiography, 'Starve The Vulture'.
Bookshots: 'Silver Screen Fiend' by Patton Oswalt

Bookshots: 'Silver Screen Fiend' by Patton Oswalt

Review by Ed Sikov
A successful comedian/writer/actor looks back at a youth spent with all us people out there in the dark.
Bookshots: 'The Year of Reading Dangerously' by Andy Miller

Bookshots: 'The Year of Reading Dangerously' by Andy Miller

Review by Christine J. Schmidt December 8, 2014
Andy Miller dares to read dangerously.

Lessons From My Grandmother

Column by Christine J. Schmidt November 19, 2014
Reading runs in the family.
Bookshots: 'The Annotated Mixtape' by Joshua Harmon

Bookshots: 'The Annotated Mixtape' by Joshua Harmon

Review by Stephanie Bonjack
Essays on youth and ennui are preciously crafted and paired with songs that formed the soundtrack of this record collector's past.
Bookshots: 'Excavation: A Memoir' by Wendy C. Ortiz

Bookshots: 'Excavation: A Memoir' by Wendy C. Ortiz

Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard
You know that song by The Police, 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'? Someone should have played it for Wendy C. Ortiz' 8th Grade English teacher.
Bookshots: 'The Other Side: A Memoir' by Lacy M. Johnson

Bookshots: 'The Other Side: A Memoir' by Lacy M. Johnson

Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard
After she escapes kidnapping and rape by an ex-boyfriend, an aspiring writer fights to reclaim her sanity...and her story.

5 Dreadful Memoirs You Never Have to Read

Column by Ed Sikov June 6, 2014
Here are five perfectly awful autobiographies that are each given a hatchet job by a smug and sarcastic writer.

10 Reasons You Should Be Writing Memoir Right Now

Column by Susan DeFreitas June 2, 2014
Memoir is hot right now. Should you give it a shot because you think it might sell? No. You should write memoir because it will make you a better writer. Also, a better person.
Man Claims His Father was the Zodiac Killer in New Memoir

Paternity Test: Man Claims His Father was the Zodiac Killer in New Memoir

News by Peter Derk May 16, 2014
Man claims his father was the Zodiac Killer in new memoir.
Cost Of Faking A Holocaust Memoir: $22.5M

Cost Of Faking A Holocaust Memoir: $22.5M

News by Peter Derk May 14, 2014
Misha Defonseca, author of 'Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years', has been ordered to pay her publisher $22.5M after her story was proven fraudulent.
Bookshots: 'Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story' by Asa Akira

Bookshots: 'Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story' by Asa Akira

Review by Keith Rawson
Is Asa Akira's 'Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story' just another porn queen gone rotten bio, or does it rise to the top of the heap and break new ground?

5 Great Memoirs, from Bette Davis to the Rolling Stones

Column by Ed Sikov May 2, 2014
Biographer and autobiographer Ed Sikov celebrates five of his favorite memoirs.
Bookshots: 'Notes to Boys' by Pamela Ribon

Bookshots: 'Notes to Boys (And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public)' by Pamela Ribon

Review by Tiffany Turpin Johnson
In a mostly funny memoir of her 1990s-era teens, Ribon recounts the hardships of being a pubescent writer with too much word vomit and no internet trash can.
Bookshots: 'Little Failure: A Memoir' by Gary Shteyngart

Bookshots: 'Little Failure: A Memoir' by Gary Shteyngart

Review by Leah Dearborn
Shteyngart offers up all the embarrassments of his childhood as fodder, resulting in a very personal portrait of a flawed but loving family.

Different Ways to Tell the Truth: A Primer on Creative Nonfiction Subgenres

Column by Taylor Houston November 13, 2013
There are many ways to tell a true story--here are just a few.

How Writing Has Helped Me Survive Depression

Column by Robbie Blair September 19, 2013
I discuss my own struggle with depression and how writing has helped me survive it.

Writing Through The Fear Of Words

Column by Ben Umstead September 10, 2013
A personal look at the uphill battle of writing, and the often tumultuous relationship we can have with words.

Gridiron Blues: Authors Reflect on Football Fandom

Column by Cameron Pierce September 5, 2013
As the 2013 NFL season kicks off, five authors reflect on what it means to be a fan of the game.
Memoir of Anne Frank's Stepsister

Memoir of Anne Frank's Stepsister Highlights Survivor's Lives Post-Holocaust

News by Dean Fetzer
A new book by Eva Schloss, the girl who grew up with Anne Frank, talks about surviving life after Auschwitz and the "consequences of prejudice".