Monday, June 13, 2011

A Memoir-Related Giveaway

Here's a little memoir fun to be had: Think about the following question:

What memoir that you have read mattered to you, and why?

Then head over to Margarget Roach's blog and leave your comment there (feel free to let me know, as well, I'd be curious) for a chance to win her sister Marion Roach Smith's new book The Memoir Project, mentioned in my Friday post.


  1. Cheaper by the Dozen mattered to me because it was the first memoir I read- I was 12- I was fascinated with humorous description of family life with such a big family. From then on I was hooked on memoirs! Although I've read many better memoirs over the years- this one mattered the most since they whet my appetite for all memoirs.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this and leading me to a 3-blog journey. I loved seeing the blogs and hearing about memoirs (and the obvious Roach sister-bond).

    My fave memoirs: Operating Instructions: A Journal of my Son's First Year by Anne Lamott and Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Lamott's was given to me when my first child was born, and I appreciated her honesty and non-Mary-Poppins approach to childrearing. And Glass Castle haunted me for weeks after I read it. I wanted to jump in the book and call Child Protective Services or wisk those children away (when I read this one I had 3 kids and out of the baby stages).

  3. I began reading memoirs a couple of years ago because I want to write one about my father and his experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland. Not sure that actually qualifies as a memoir, since they aren’t my memories…

    Hands down my favorite memoir is Not Even My Name: A True Story by Thea Halo ~ an account of her mother’s experience of the Turkish genocide of the Pontic Greeks and Armenians in 1914. I had never heard of this atrocity until I began doing research on war memoirs. It’s gut-wrenching and well-written.

  4. Anjuli - I've heard of Cheaper by the Dozen but didn't realized it wasn't fiction - duh! Probably a function of not having grown up in this country. One of my colleagues keeps quoting episodes from it.

    Tia - I also got Operating Instructions when I had my first child and that book really helped me even though I don't like Anne Lamott's writing style (I don't appreciate explatives...)

    Mikaela - welcome to my blog! It sounds to me like we are working on similar projects. Part of my memoir deals with my family's experiences during WWII in Czechoslovakia. By all means you can write a memoir about and even from your father's experiences! Other related memoirs you might want to check out:
    Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat (Haiti)
    Black Dog of Fate by Peter Balakian (Armenian Genocide)
    A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (Palestine in the late 1940s and Israeli War of Independence)
    The Visible World by Mark Slouka (Czechoslovakia during WWII, interesting hybrid of fiction and memoir)
    Do you have any other recommendations?