Books About the Memoir Genre

If you’d like to learn more about the memoir genre, try some of the titles below.

Birkerts, Sven. The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again. St. Paul, Minn., Greywolf Press, 2008.

Gornick, Vivian. The Situation and the Story: The Art of the Personal Essay. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001

Hamilton, Nigel. Biography: a Brief History. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Univ. Press, 2007.

Hampl, Patricia. I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory. New York, W.W. Norton, 1999.

Heilbrun, Carolyn G. Writing a Woman’s Life. New York, W.W. Norton, 1988.

Lopate, Philip, ed. The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology From the Classical Era to the Present. New York, Knopf Doubleday, 1997.

Miller, Nancy K. But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People’s Lives. New York, Columbia Univ. Press, 2002.

Smith, Sidonie and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. Minneapolis, Univ. of Minn. Press, 2001.

Yagoda, Ben. Memoir: A History. New York, Riverhead, 2009.

Zinsser, William, ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Rev. and expanded 2nd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

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