“There are thousands of books on the subject of writing, and many of those are about memoir. In my mind, only a few stand shoulders above the rest. Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir by Beth Kephart is one of these and a fine addition to any aspiring memoirist’s reference library.”
I’ve written about memoir writing before (here) and I think Handling the Truth covers many of the issues I spoke about in that post. It is one of the best books on the subject of writing in this form that I’ve read. Well worth your read. For more of the review click here.
My book review of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn is live at The Internet Review of Books.
I loved this book. Aside from the title, which has to be one of the longer titles in publishing history, the book is full of interesting information about our oceans and where all our plastic goes, but it is also a meditative and thoughtful book about wanderers and seekers.
“1992. A container ship from China steams toward the United States and along the route encounters gale force winds. Tossed about in “the six degrees of freedom… what naval architects call the six different motions floating vessels make,” the ship with its towering stack of containers begins to pitch like an inverted pendulum…” To read my complete review click here.