celebrating Patricia Hampl and other fine memoirists in HANDLING THE TRUTH

Thursday, November 1, 2012

In returning the proof pages of Handling the Truth to Gotham yesterday, I relinquished all further control over the story.  No more changes.  No allowable regrets.  The book will soon be set in stone and released next August.

One of my greatest joys, in writing Handling the Truth, was the chance it gave me to celebrate the many memoirs—true memoirs, not autobiographies—that have inspired me throughout the years.  Natalie Kusz is there—the author of the first memoir I ever read.  C.K. Williams.  Marie Arana.  Mary Karr.  Anthony Shadid.  bell hooks.  Katrina Kenison.  Darin Strauss.  Dani Shapiro.  Rahna Reiko Rizzuto.  Buzz Bissinger.  Colleen Mondor.  Sy Montgomery.  Chris Offutt.  Elizabeth McCracken.  Lucy Grealy.  So many others. 

But no book about the making of memoir would ever be complete without a celebration of Patricia Hampl, who has done so much to shape the form.  Here, above, is a glimpsed moment.


Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

Can't wait to read it, Beth. I love Hampl's writing in her book on memory. Congrats!

Katrina said...

A Romantic Education is still one of my favorite books; little wonder that Patricia Hampl is your memoir soulmate. I can't wait to read your book, Beth; have been enlarging the little snippets on FB in fact, peeking in, a bit of instant gratification. In the meantime, am satisfying my nonfiction craving with the new issue of Ploughshares, edited by Hampl and deepy nourishing.

Richard Gilbert said...

I'm looking forward to your book, Beth. Meantime, you have sent me back to Hampl . . .

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