Terese Marie Mailhot’s “Heart Berries,” a memoir that addresses the trauma experienced by indigenous people across generations, is our January 2020 book pick.
By Courtney Vinopal
Tara Westover, author of our May pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer questions from readers, plus Jeff announces June’s book.
Photographer Finbarr O'Reilly and former U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Brennan both went through the intensity of combat, and the loneliness and doubt that follows. Now they’ve written a dual memoir, "Shooting Ghosts," a story of two lives that came…
By PBS NewsHour, Nick Schifrin
Amy Tan was going to write a book about writing. But what came to her mind instead were memories of childhood, reflections on family treasures, photos, documents. In “Where The Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir,” Tan explores revelations about her…
By Jeffrey Brown
By Elizabeth Flock
Amy Tan often explores the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters in her writing, including in her new memoir. Here are 5 other memoirs about family that she recommends.
Richard Ford's parents were ordinary people, "all but un-noticeable to the world's disinterested eye." But the acclaimed writer still decided to write a memoir of their lives because, to him, being their son felt like a privilege. And more simply,…
Ruth Reichl, one of the country's most prominent food writers, was editor of the nation's oldest food and wine magazine for a decade. Then in 2009, Gourmet was abruptly shut down by the publisher. Out of a job, what did…
By Qi Wang, OZY
We Americans are obsessed with telling our life stories. And it’s not just politicians and celebrities (Did you know that former President Jimmy Carter wrote eight memoirs?). Stories aren’t just for the famous; there are memoirs written by ordinary…
By PBS NewsHour
The Library of Congress has named prominent American poet W.S. Merwin as the country's new poet laureate. Jeffrey Brown spoke with Merwin about his life and work in 2008.
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