Sunday, December 4, 2016

Book Review: Why We Write About Ourselves by Meredith Maran-Non Fiction/Writing Skills/Reference

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of Why We Write About Ourselves by Meredith Maran.


Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Non Fiction/Writing Skills/Reference
Author: Meredith Maran
Publisher: Plume 
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Language: English
Paperback: 272 pages
Meet the Author: Meredith Maran
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

In the voices of twenty landmark memoirists—including New York Times bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Sue Monk Kidd, and Pat Conroy—a definitive text on the craft of autobiographical writing, indispensable for amateur and professional writers alike.

For readers of Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir and Judith Barrington’s Writing the Memoir, this follow-up to editor Meredith Maran’s acclaimed writers’ handbook, Why We Write, offers inspiration, encouragement, and pithy, practical advice for bloggers, journal-keepers, aspiring essayists, and memoirists. 
Curated and edited by Maran, herself an acclaimed author and book critic, these memoirists share the lessons they’ve learned through years of honing their craft. They reveal what drives them to tell their personal stories and examine the nuts and bolts of how they do it. Speaking frankly about issues ranging from turning oneself into an authentic, compelling character to exposing hard truths, these outstanding authors disclose what keeps them going, what gets in their way, and what they love most—and least—about writing about themselves.
“It's possible that Why We Write About Ourselves is the first compilation of memoirists at the top of their game seriously and thoughtfully considering the genre.” 
– LA Times

My Thoughts

As a person who loves reading Memoirs I found this to be a very interesting book. Twenty different Memoirists share with us their thoughts and insides on why they write Memoir and why they write about themselves. This helps to understand the motives and reasons behind their most notable Memoirs. 

It was just a delight to read about their experiences writing these works on Non Fiction and sharing a little bit of their lives as a Writers. I personally found it as a great source of information and knowlegde. Totally recommend it.


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