Twenty Memoirists On Why They Expose Themselves

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The follow-up to editor Meredith Maran’s last collection, Why We Write, Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature tackles one of the most popular literary genres and features some of its most-read authors, including Cheryl Strayed, Anne Lamott, Nick Flynn, Sue Monk Kidd, and James McBride.

Contributors candidly disclose the origins of their memoirs: a traumatic experience, like Darin Strauss; family relationships, like Sue Monk Kidd, Edwidge Danticat, or Pat Conroy; or simply a knack for personal storytelling, like Sandra Tsing Loh or Anne Lamott.