Memoir Filter
  1. Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

    In the first chapter of her new book, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and Harmless Drudgery blogger Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the world of writing dictionaries.

    Authors
  2. Each Breeze Began Life Somewhere As a Little Cough

    Poet Christoper Citro meditates on the omens — good and bad — that arrive on air: “I pierced the clear membrane and the coils expanded and the guest bed took its first deep breath. Each time a visiting friend or family member sleeps on it, it will take another.”

    Essay
  3. “I honestly believed at the beginning of my memoir journey that writing my story would enable me to let it go. Leave it behind me somewhere. I was secretly hoping these writers would confirm this belief. They didn’t.”

    Interviews
  4. Bill Hayes

    Browse the website of Bill Hayes: author, essayist, photographer, and lover of the late Dr. Oliver Sacks.

    Authors
  5. The Deal of the Art

    A busy physician goes to a gallery on her day off and finds that art is precisely what that doctor ordered: “I no longer wanted to escape the world.”

    Art
  6. What It’s Like to Lose Your Short-Term Memory

    Christine Hyung-Oak Lee had a stroke at age 33. Read an excerpt from her new memoir: “But my stroke would teach me things too, among them the value of taking a break from the unending pressure to be perfect.”

    Authors
  7. Toledo, Ohio 1977

    Sean Thomas Dougherty remembers Toledo, Ohio, in the late 1970s: “We were the color of food stamps and free lunch, blue denim and wide lapels.”

    Abuse
    Photo by Daniel Pasikov (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  8. TMI Project

    TMI Project is a nonprofit offering memoir workshops and storytelling performances that breed compassion and dismantle barriers to human connection.

    Memoir
  9. Amy Haimerl

    Amy Haimerl documented her experience of renovating a $35,000 historic home in Detroit, Michigan, in her memoir “Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life and Home.” Her website includes her blog, book news, press and event info, and more.

    Authors
  10. Look

    Ruby Pipes comes to terms with a relapse after three years of sobriety: “Yet I continue forward. Despite my current inability to see why. Though I feel I don’t deserve it and it doesn’t matter anyway.”

    Health
  11. Jail Birds

    In her first published piece, Marcia Weber recalls bird-watching during her time in the county jail: “A red-tailed hawk soared above the fray, glinting sun from its tail, a visual reminder of freedom.”

    Animals
    Photo by Josh Henderson (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  12. California

    Amanda Fletcher on her mother’s suicide: “I will never be free of her dying. Even here in Los Angeles — two, ten, fifteen years later and three-thousand miles apart — I am still on my knees in the closet with the door pulled closed, clutching a piece of yellow lined paper.”

    Death
    Photo by NFarmer CC-BY SA 2.0
  13. Authors Talk: Randon Billings Noble

    In this podcast, author Randon Billings Noble discusses her essay “The Sparkling Future, the Eternal Present” and how older work can continue to have value for readers. “The writer might no longer be the same person by the time the writing is published, but its message can still be relevant to those who read it.”

    Authors
  14. transcribingmemory

    Tour history at transcribingmemory, where Angie Scarfe shares passages and reflections from the journals of her 98-year-old grandmother.

    Family
    Image courtesy of Angie Scarfe
  15. On not writing Christmas cards

    Helen Hayward on not writing Christmas cards: “I’ve always struggled to describe an entire year in a hundred words inside a Christmas card. I find it even harder this year. Because this year it’s clear to me that my life isn’t going to plan.”

    Essay