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Autobiography and Memoir
Autobiography and Memoir news and analysis from The Nation
June 2, 2017
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Is the Perfect Anti-Trump
His new memoir will have people talking up a presidential run, even though Franken denies interest.
June 1, 2017
The Quiet Discontent of Sarah Manguso
The essayist and poet has made an art out of concision. But what do her essays leave out?
May 11, 2017
What I Learned From Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman
Reading her life story will change the way you view the world.
May 2, 2017
What We Can Learn from Our ‘Radical’ Past
The clashes of the past teach us that we must stay committed to a cause bigger than any one person and be willing to fight for years to come.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
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
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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.
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.