Buzz Bissinger on HANDLING THE TRUTH

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Among the many memoirs nested into Handling the Truth is Buzz Bissinger's own extraordinary fatherhood story, Father's Day. I wrote about it because I love it. I teach it because it matters.

Buzz's kindness to me through the years has been remarkable—his support of my work, his faith in my small books, his encouragement about my sentences. Buzz wrote the beautiful words on the jacket of Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. And today he has these words for Handling the Truth:
Beth Kephart has done something extraordinary with this huge and messy thing called memoir—roping it into submission with her typically beautifully writing. There is authority here, scholarship, challenge. In this well-organized book, every example is a precious stone to turn over and to learn from, particularly in terms of crafting a voice and finding one's way in. Too many students think memoir just happens. Nothing ever just happens. Memoir is an academic field. This should become the seminal text.

Buzz Bissinger, author of Father's Day, A Prayer for the City, and Friday Night Lights
For more about Handling the Truth, please visit this page.


Elizabeth Mosier said...

Let the blurbing begin! Congratulations, Beth! Well said, Buzz!

Melissa Sarno said...

Oh wow! Beautiful words for what I'm certain is a beautiful book. Congrats Beth : )

patti.mallett_pp said...


Thanks, Buzz, for shouting out the Praise!!!

Becca said...

Whoo Hoo! What an endorsement :)

kelly said...

So happy for you and can't wait to read the book.

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