The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Ashley Simon

Reading a memoir is a bit like stalking someone on Facebook. You might feel a little guilty but that probably won’t stop you from hungrily searching through the private parts of their life. I’m fascinated by this genre—and even hope to write a memoir someday myself—so I found The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr an incredible read. Not only is it is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in memoir (or writing in general), it’s also funny and easy-to-read. I haven’t actually read any of Karr’s memoirs yet (gasp!) but that didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of this book.

Karr draws on her own experience and the experience of other authors to answer questions like:

  • Where’s the line between truth and untruth?
  • What do you do when your memory conflicts with a family member’s or friend’s?
  • How do I know if I’m ready to write a memoir?

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3 Comments

  1. Hey, thanks for the reblog! Love all the wonderful memoir-related content on this site.

    1. You’re most welcome Ashley! And thank you for the mention on Twitter!

  2. JR

    It is indeed a lovely book! All three of her memoirs are absolute top- notch must reads as well! From Jacqueline at moonmind.blog

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