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Autobiography and Memoir

Autobiography and Memoir news and analysis from The Nation

  • 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

  • May 4, 2005

    In Our Orbit

    Victor Navasky’s new memoir of opinion journalism.

    The Nation

  • April 14, 2005

    Another Country

    A review of two recent memoirs of Iran.

    Meline Toumani