Life Writing

Author: Sally Cline,Carole Angier

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472531051

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 5871


Life Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir. PART 1 explores the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls of the genre. PART 2 includes tips by bestselling writers: Diana Athill, Alan Bennett, Alain de Botton, Jill Dawson, Millicent Dillon, Margaret Drabble, Geoff Dyer, Victoria Glendinning, Lyndall Gordon, Peter Hayter, Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Kathryn Hughes, Diane Johnson, Hermione Lee, Andrew Lownie, Janet Malcolm, Alexander Masters, Nancy Milford, Blake Morrison, Andrew Morton, Clare Mulley, Jenni Murray, Nicholas Murray, Kristina Olsson, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, Meryle Secrest, Miranda Seymour, Frances Spalding, Hilary Spurling, Boyd Tonkin, Edmund White. PART 3 includes practical advice - from planning, researching and interviewing to writing, pacing and navigating ethical issues.

Recovering History through Fact and Fiction

Author: Dallas John Baker,Donna Lee Brien,Nike Sulway

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527510778

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 473


This edited collection brings together research that focuses on historic figures who have been largely neglected by history or forgotten over time. The question of how to recover, reclaim or retell the histories and stories of those obscured by the passage of time is one of growing public and scholarly interest. The volume includes chapters on a diverse array of topics, including semi-biographical fiction, digital and visual biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, among others. Apart from the largely forgotten, the book provides fresh perspectives on historical figures whose biographies are distorted by their fame or limited by public perception. The subjects explored here include, among others, a child author, a Finnish grandmother, a cold war émigré, an Elizabethan era playwright, a castaway, a celebrated female artist, and the lauded personalities Mary Shelley, Judy Garland and J.R.R. Tolkien. Altogether, the chapters included in this collection offer a much-needed snapshot of new research on biography and its many variations and hybrids which will be of interest to academics and students of biography and life writing in general.

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

Author: Maureen O'Connor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 723

View: 5008


Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

Never a Girl, Always a Boy

Author: Jo Ivester

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631528874

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

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Jeremy Ivester is a transgender man. Thirty years ago, his parents welcomed him into the world as what they thought was their daughter. As a child, he preferred the toys and games our society views as masculine. He kept his hair short and wore boys’ clothing. They called him a tomboy. That’s what he called himself. By high school, when he showed no interest in flirting, his parents thought he might be lesbian. At twenty, he wondered if he was asexual. At twenty-three, he surgically removed his breasts. A year later, he began taking the hormones that would lower his voice and give him a beard—and he announced his new name and pronouns. Never a Girl, Always a Boy is Jeremy’s journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. This is not only Jeremy’s story but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives—those of the siblings who struggled to understand the brother they once saw as a sister, and of the parents who ultimately joined him in the battle against discrimination. This is a story of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.

Affection and Estrangement: A Southern Family Memoir

Author: Preston M. Browning Jr.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1440171300

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 280

View: 445


Preston Browning Jr. entered the world in 1929, a few months before the Crash and the onset of the Great Depression. In Culpeper, Virginia, Browning grew up amid the pervasive poverty of the times where he recalls being labeled by his father as the world’s worst grouch, led in song by Miss Lizzy Lovell—who banged on the piano at the local Episcopal church, and seated astride a cow who needed a lot of convincing to take him for a ride around the pasture beyond his house. With humor and exceptional detail, Browning shares a lively memoir that focuses on his coming-of-age journey and subsequent experiences in the rural South during the 1930s and 1940s, providing a compelling glimpse into how his family and others helped shape his emerging sense of self, his convictions, and his character. While providing snippets about the era and sketches of more than twenty relatives and ancestors that include an amusing retelling about his Uncle Sweets’ experiences at a hoochie-coochie show, Browning details the fascinating legacy of his Southern upbringing during a time when a struggle for racial, economic, and social justice prevailed in America. In this inspiring memoir, a Southerner reminisces about small-town Virginia before, during, and after the Great Depression through entertaining stories about his unconventional ancestors, his immediate family, and his own experiences.

Settling Day

Author: Kate Howarth

Publisher: University of Queensland Press

ISBN: 0702250058

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 317

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Kate Howarth's extraordinary life continues in Settling Day, which follows on from Ten Hail Marys, Howarth's memoir that chronicled her volatile upbringing and the fight to save her son from the forced adoption practices of the time. Thrust out of her son's life while he is still a toddler, teenaged Kate has to rely on her wits and courage to start life anew. Filled with remorse and an unwavering determination to be reunited with her son, Kate begins a journey as she fights injustice and prejudice to create a better life. She amasses a fortune helping build one of Australia's most successful recruitment companies, only to lose it all in a contentious legal battle. Kate once again manages to rebuild her life after a major injury, but is always haunted by her lost son. Settling Day is a remarkable story of resilience that highlights the still prevalent injustices that many women face at work and at home.

Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss and a Little White Horse

Author: Christine Hemp

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1950691330

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 265

View: 1888


A woman’s breakup with her fiancé forces her home to her parents only to face more obstacles as she reflects on her relationships with humans—and horses. Wild Ride Home is a brilliant memoir, looping themes of finding love and losing love, of going away and coming home, of the wretched course of Alzheimer's, of cancer, of lost pregnancies, of fly fishing and horsemanship, of second chances, and, ultimately, of the triumph of love and family—all told within the framework of the training of a little white horse named Buddy. Wild Ride Home invites the reader into the close Hemp family, which believes beauty and humor outshine the most devastating circumstances. Such optimism is challenged when the author suffers a series of blows: a dangerous fiancé, her mother’s dementia, unexpected death and illness. Buddy, a feisty, unforgettable little Arabian horse with his own history to overcome, offers her a chance to look back on her own life and learn to trust again, not only others, but more importantly, herself. Hemp skillfully guides us through a memoir that is, despite devastating loss, above all, an ode to joy. “Poet Hemp’s debut memoir fluently combines multiple story lines into a coherent whole... A well-told story of embracing life’s struggles that is perfect for horse lovers or those who have personal experience with cancer or Alzheimer’s.” —Library Journal “This memoir seems written directly from Hemp’s soul, as she beautifully shares her moving story of learning to love and trust again after loss.” —Booklist “A book of kindness, compassion, love and resilience. . . . One of the best rides you’ll ever take!” —Susan Richards, author of the national bestseller, Chosen by a Horse “A gorgeous, compassionate exploration of life, loss, and love. Hemp dives deep, with clear eyes and a strong heart, into the events in our lives that could make us fall, and shows us how to stand up, be still, and draw the power into ourselves.” —New York Times-bestseller Erica Bauermeister, author of The Scent Keeper

Ghost Child

Author: Noeline Kyle

Publisher: Boolarong Press

ISBN: 1925046842

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 42

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Noeline had to trawl through family histories, school records, newspapers, oral histories, museum data, and library and archival material to fill in the blank spaces of a childhood lived so long ago it is almost lost in the mists of time. This is a story of childhood but it is also a story of small farmers struggling to make a living at a time when dairy farming is already in decline. And sitting on the hard wooden benches of the little bush school the child finds and begins to love writing and reading and words on the page and she lifts her head to peer into a dimly lit beckoning future. Noeline ‘went back to school’ in 1975 after 20 years working in many different jobs and fell in love with history, a research and writing journey she has followed since. A retired academic, Noeline is now a full-time writer, workshop/seminar speaker and she works to support the research and writing of local, family and life writing within the community.

Reading Autobiography

Author: Sidonie Smith,Julia Watson

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816669856

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 410

View: 5097


projects, and an extensive bibliography. --Book Jacket.