Tag Archives: Memoirs

The Books: The Aran Islands, by J.M. Synge

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is The Aran Islands, by J.M. Synge “Give up Paris, you will never create anything by reading Racine, and Arthur Symons will always be a better critic of French literature. … Continue reading

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The Books: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, by William Styron

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, by William Styron When Italian chemist and writer Primo Levi killed himself in 1987, much of the response was one of almost baffled … Continue reading

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The Books: Memoir: My Life and Themes, by Conor Cruise O’Brien

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is Memoir: My Life and Themes, by Conor Cruise O’Brien Conor Cruise O’Brien was born into a fiercely nationalistic Irish family. His father was a journalist and his mother was … Continue reading

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The Books: Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt The bare details are harrowing. Five McCourt children: Francis, Malachy, Oliver and Eugene (twins), and Margaret. Margaret died a few weeks after … Continue reading

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The Books: North to the Orient, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is North to the Orient, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow married in 1929. He was already one of the most famous (and recognizable) men in the … Continue reading

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The Books: The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi, the Italian chemist, is one of the great books of the 20th century. In 2006, the Royal … Continue reading

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The Books: Survival in Auschwitz, by Primo Levi

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is Survival In Auschwitz, by Primo Levi Primo Levi, an Italian Jew, completed his memoir of his time in Auschwitz (he was there until the very end, even after the … Continue reading

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The Books: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank I was 11 when I first read The Diary of Anne Frank. The book shattered my illusions about … Continue reading

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The Books: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers When this book came out in 2000, it seemed to me as though it had taken over the world. I … Continue reading

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The Books: Necessary Sins, by Lynn Darling

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is Necessary Sins, byLynn Darling. This is a strange situation. I read this book in 2009, and judging from the archive of long introspective posts I wrote about the book, … Continue reading

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