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Autobiography and Memoir
Autobiography and Memoir news and analysis from The Nation
March 22, 2017
Elif Batuman’s Bold and Defiantly Imperfect novel
Elif Batuman’s debut novel reminds us that part of the novel’s genius that it made room for the extraneous and the unplanned
March 16, 2017
Sarah Manguso’s Existential Aphorisms
, the author’s rejection of the conventions of storytelling helps reinforce the sense of her own smallness.
January 26, 2017
Nobody Wanted to Take Us In: The Story of Jared Kushner’s Family, and Mine
As Trump bars refugees and Muslim immigrants from coming to this country, it’s worth remembering the Jews who were shut out the last time we closed our borders—like Jared Kushner
January 19, 2017
The lost sense of hope and idealism in David Hare’s England.
December 1, 2016
Bruce Springsteen’s Redemption Song
The musician delivers a flawed but exquisitely moving and detailed new memoir.
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November 15, 2016
s new book,
, captures the ways in which free love and countercultural experiments are no longer as liberating as they once seemed.
November 1, 2016
Working-Class New Yorkers Are in Danger of Going Extinct. So Is Our Accent.
I’m a proud, fifth-generation New Yorker with a strong outer-borough brogue. I’m also probably the last.
October 12, 2016
The Brat Pack Grows Up
Once the voice of youthful dissatisfaction, Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz, and Bret Easton Ellis experience the growing pains of middle age.
October 5, 2016
Le Carré’s Other Cold War
The wonder and rage the English novelist felt toward his own country.
September 29, 2016
Everything Is Interesting
Nicholson Baker goes back to school.