Thursday, November 1, 2012
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.