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Inventing the Truth by William Zinsser
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May 12, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: teaching-writing, essay, anthologies, memoir

There are a few gems here -- the latter part of Annie Dillard's "To Fashion a Text" and Toni Morrison's excellent guide to the history of African American memoir: "The Site of Memory." The bibliography is also fascinating, to see what writers were reading as they wrote their memoirs. Otherwise, this book hasn't quite made the transition from spoken presentations to published essays, and the product is neither solid craft advice nor strong personal essay.
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Ruth There's a new lit journal with prose and poetry devoted to the memoir. http://memoirjournal.squarespace.com/

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