Acclaimed memoirists describe the process of writing their most painful memories

Product Code: 6555
ISBN: 9780807078815
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 02/07/2017
Availability:In stock
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Price: $16.00

In her attempt to write a memoir about her father's death from a secret AIDS infection in 1985, Melanie Brooks was left with some painful questions: What does it take to write an honest memoir? And what happens to us when we embark on that journey? Would she manage it? Brooks sought guidance from the memoirists who most moved her-including Andre Dubus III, Joan Wickersham, Mark Doty, Marianne Leone, Richard Hoffman, Edwidge Danticat, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Richard Blanco, Abigail Thomas, Sue Silverman, Kate Bornstein, Jerald Walker, and Kyoko Mori-to answer these questions.

Writing Hard Stories encourages all writers as they work through their challenging stories. It features some of the country's most admired writers discussing their treks through dark memories and breakthrough moments, and it demonstrates the healing power of putting words to experience. A unique compilation of authentic stories about the death of a partner, parent, or child; about violence and shunning; and about the process of writing, the book will serve as a tool for teachers of writing and give readers an intimate look into the lives of the authors they love.


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INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1
Andre Dubus III

CHAPTER 2
Sue William Silverman

CHAPTER 3
Michael Patrick MacDonald

CHAPTER 4
Joan Wickersham

CHAPTER 5
Kyoko Mori

CHAPTER 6
Richard Hoffman

CHAPTER 7
Suzanne Strempek Shea

CHAPTER 8
Abigail Thomas

CHAPTER 9
Monica Wood

CHAPTER 10
Mark Doty

CHAPTER 11
Edwidge Danticat

CHAPTER 12
Marianne Leone

CHAPTER 13
Jerald Walker

CHAPTER 14
Kate Bornstein

CHAPTER 15
Jessica Handler

CHAPTER 16
Richard Blanco

CHAPTER 17
Alysia Abbott

CHAPTER 18
Kim Stafford

AFTERWORD

"Writers of all genres will glean golden nuggets of advice about writing and living from this book, while all readers, because they, too, have unique personal stories, will be comforted and inspired by the everyday and creative struggles of some of their favorite authors." -Booklist

"For writers struggling with the next step of their journeys, Brooks' work is a signpost showing them the way, urging them onward, offering companionship, and ultimately proving that the destination is already well within sight, even if they can't yet see it." -Ploughshares

"An inspiring guide to ennobling personal stories that travel to the dark sides of life." -Kirkus Reviews,/i>

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