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Autobiography and Memoir

Autobiography and Memoir news and analysis from The Nation

  • January 26, 2006

    Truth, Fiction and Frey

    James Frey’s faux memoir exposes corporate publishing as an industry so starved for bestsellers that it is unable to protect itself from fraud.

    Matthew Flamm

  • November 17, 2005

    The Dying Animal

    Gabriel García Márquez’s new novella begins as an autobiography, but the passion-filled story of an old man, mad with love and clinging to life, weaves Marquez’s other fiction into the tale.

    Michael Wood

  • November 17, 2005

    Monster’s Ball

    Party in the Blitz, the final volume of Nobel laureate Elias Canetti’s memoirs, is a chaotic, horribly fascinating memoir of a man who was a slave to love, an omnivorous intellect and a literary giant.

    John Banville

  • November 2, 2005

    I Wonder As I Wander

    Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost plumbs the mysteries of losing oneself and finding oneself in the realm of the utter unknown.

    Michael Gorra

  • September 1, 2005

    Optimism of the Will

    The rich legacy of former Nation editor and activist Carey McWilliams is on full display in three books.

    Mike Davis


  • August 11, 2005

    The Unexamined Life

    Sean Wilsey’s new memoir is a vulnerable, aching, unresolved account of growing up rich amid San Francisco’s high society.

    Lee Siegel

  • July 28, 2005

    Fables of the Reconstruction

    The Informant and Son of the Rough South examine the dynamics of moral choice through the lens of the civil rights movement.

    Diane McWhorter

  • July 21, 2005

    Apple’s America

    In high school I suffered from a case of unrequited admiration; a favorite teacher barely knew my name.

    Natasha Degen

  • June 16, 2005

    Clinton Agonistes

    John Harris’s history of the Clinton Administration deserves much of the praise it has received, but it ignores the media’s anti-Clinton animus.

    Eric Alterman

  • May 4, 2005

    Southern Man

    Strom Thurmond’s black daughter tells her story.

    Darryl Lorenzo Wellington