Magical Memoir Moments

Memoir Joke–From Bill Maher

“Couple of problems [for Bush] . He hasn’t been offered as much money as he thinks he deserves for his memoirs, and when they asked him to write an autobiography, he said, ‘I don’t really know that much about cars.’” -Bill Maher

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Willa Cather: A Pictorial Memoir

Since Willa Cather is one of my favorite writers, it will not surprise anyone who knows me well that one of my most beloved books is Willa Cather:  A Pictorial Memoir.  The book was published 35 years ago and is still in print.  Bernice Slote, Cather scholar from the University of Nebraska, wrote the text,…

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Joe the Plumber Fulfills Prediction

As soon as Joe the Plumber erupted onto the political stage, it was inevitable the he, too, would become a memoirist.  At least, he has signed a book deal, something I predicted on October 18 here. Of course, he is not really writing his own memoir.  You can see what the BBC said here.  And…

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Coming Home to Roost

In a previous post called Blogging and the Memoir Community I promised to review DeWitt Henry’s memoir called Safe Suicide because he was the first published author who found me through this blog. Here goes, DeWitt.  Hope you come back to read this little review. Safe Suicide has an internal subtitle which describes its structure…

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Do You Know Your Own Geology?

Today one of my colleagues at the Fetzer Institute, Dr. Joel Elkes, celebrates his 95th birthday.  No, that is not a typo.  He was born in 1913, lived through two World Wars and a century of struggle.  He was a student in England in the 30’s and 40’s and thus escaped the Holocaust, though many…

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Laura Bush Will Bring Home the Memoir Bacon

Last week I felt sorry for George W. Bush, who, unlike his predecessor Bill Clinton, was not offered a $12 million advance for his memoirs.  In fact, he was encouraged not to write them at all–yet. Today The Huffington Post carries the high contrast story that Laura Bush is receiving potential publishers for her own…

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Little Heathens–Perfect Memoir for a New Depression?

“Ralph Waldo Emerson could have learned a thing or two about self reliance from my great-great-grandparents,” asserts Mildred Armstrong Kalish near the beginning of her book Little Heathens:  Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm in the Great Depression. I knew I would love this book when I read those lines, and I…

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Resistible Memoirs

Poor George Bush.  First his dog Barney bit a reporter.  Then he choked up when he said goodbye to has staff.   Things are so bad, in fact, that publishers are telling him to wait to write his memoirs. You can read all about it in the International Herald Tribune here.

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A New Earth and the Quest for the Essential Self

Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose was a runaway bestseller earlier this year, due in large part to the enthusiastic embrace Oprah Winfrey gave it on her show and in the ten-week internet classes she conducted with Tolle beginning in March, 2008.  The book sold 3.5 million copies in the first…

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An Op Ed–Memoir Style–About Socialism

I was hoping that Newsweek would want to take this article for “My Turn,” but since the election is tomorrow and the time will have passed for the relevance of this essay, I offer it here to you.  What good is a blog if you can’t self-publish? I love when old categories are rearranged as…

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