1. Tis the season for some dysfunctional family memoirs.

    (Source: reviews.libraryjournal.com)

  2. Schaap, Rosie. Drinking With Men: A Memoir. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). 2013. 288p. ISBN 9781594487118. $26.95.

Schaap measures out her life in beer and shot glasses in this beautifully composed look at a woman’s coming to age in a setting more often reserved for men: bars. Each chapter details the allures of one of Schaap’s favorite watering holes and its role in her growth as a person, writer, teacher, minister, and counselor. There is no veneer of vanity in Schaap’s tour of the taverns of her life, which results in a portrait that is detailed and genuine. VERDICT Several chapters in Schaap’s account could stand alone as short stories: readers first meet her as a fortune-telling hippie chick teenager cadging drinks on the Metro North. This book grabbed me, and I think it will grab you.

Memoir Short Takes: Food, Drink, and DNA
LJ memoir columnist Therese Nielsen gave Rosie Schaap’s new memoir a starred review!

    OrangeReviewStar Memoir Short Takes: Food, Drink, and DNASchaap, Rosie. Drinking With Men: A Memoir. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). 2013. 288p. ISBN 9781594487118. $26.95.

    Schaap measures out her life in beer and shot glasses in this beautifully composed look at a woman’s coming to age in a setting more often reserved for men: bars. Each chapter details the allures of one of Schaap’s favorite watering holes and its role in her growth as a person, writer, teacher, minister, and counselor. There is no veneer of vanity in Schaap’s tour of the taverns of her life, which results in a portrait that is detailed and genuine. VERDICT Several chapters in Schaap’s account could stand alone as short stories: readers first meet her as a fortune-telling hippie chick teenager cadging drinks on the Metro North. This book grabbed me, and I think it will grab you.

    Memoir Short Takes: Food, Drink, and DNA

    LJ memoir columnist Therese Nielsen gave Rosie Schaap’s new memoir a starred review!

  3. Last night’s Housing Works event, “A Wild Night with Sugar & the Rumpus,” buzzed and shivered. I know I wasn’t the only one in the audience wiping away tears.
Cheryl Strayed, author of the recently published memoir Wild (reviewed in the February 15 issue of LJ) and the much-beloved advice column Dear Sugar, read about all of the crazy, unnecessary things she tried to pack into her backpack at the start of her journey up the Pacific Crest Trail. (Though an audience full of New Yorkers was none the wiser about what constitutes a necessity and what doesn’t.)
Check out Wild, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about, and keep an eye out for Tiny Beautiful Things, a forthcoming collection of Dear Sugar columns, which I am currently crying my way through.

    Last night’s Housing Works event, “A Wild Night with Sugar & the Rumpus,” buzzed and shivered. I know I wasn’t the only one in the audience wiping away tears.

    Cheryl Strayed, author of the recently published memoir Wild (reviewed in the February 15 issue of LJ) and the much-beloved advice column Dear Sugar, read about all of the crazy, unnecessary things she tried to pack into her backpack at the start of her journey up the Pacific Crest Trail. (Though an audience full of New Yorkers was none the wiser about what constitutes a necessity and what doesn’t.)

    Check out Wild, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about, and keep an eye out for Tiny Beautiful Things, a forthcoming collection of Dear Sugar columns, which I am currently crying my way through.

  4. Amy Poehler Talks to Rachel Dratch About Her Memoir - The Daily Beast →

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    File under: Fuck Yes

  5. If you mean literally how did I sustain myself, it was a weird combination of taking good physical care of myself and drinking more than is perhaps strictly advisable. I don’t want to mythologize or glorify the difficulty of writing this book. Writing is just hard.

    But this project was harder than the book about my father because I knew my mother would see it. And I knew there were other people waiting for it with certain expectations. No one was waiting for the book about my father, or expecting anything from it—I was completely free when I was writing Fun Home. But I had to write this second memoir with a huge boulder strapped to my back.

    — Alison Bechdel, from this excellent, excellent Q&A conducted by Heather McCormack.

  6. Personal Stories: New and Forthcoming Memoirs, Biographies, and Autobiographies →

    Today! At 2pm! Take an hour out of your day to hear about some upcoming books, all of which revolve around a compelling life or lives (including Willow! and the Faulkners!). Register here.

    I’ll be joined by Laura Cusack of Wiley, Jonathan Merkh of Howard Books, and Michael Gentile of Random House and we’ll be talking about their forthcoming memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies—and, if there’s time, will conclude with a Q&A session.