Autobiography and Memoir

The Brown Decades The Brown Decades

In an engaging new memoir, Carolyn Brown recollects her work with modern dance legends Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

May 10, 2007 / Books & the Arts / Rachel Cohen

Goodbye, Baltimore Goodbye, Baltimore

In a kinetic and searching memoir, Ace of Spades, David Matthews confronts the identity questions that bedeviled him growing up biracial.

Mar 22, 2007 / Books & the Arts / Kate Levin

The Anatomy of Fear The Anatomy of Fear

In his memoir Wish I Could Be There, Allen Shawn movingly details a life crippled by phobias.

Mar 1, 2007 / Books & the Arts / D.T. Max

Newspapers…and After? Newspapers…and After?

Newspapers may be dinosaurs in the age of new media, but they have enough life to guide--and even define--our politics.

Jan 12, 2007 / Books & the Arts / John Nichols

Faraway, So Close Faraway, So Close

In Five Germanys I Have Known--part memoir, part extended rumination on German-Jewish identity--Fritz Stern revisits his family's past and finds that he has never been quite at hom...

Dec 20, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Omer Bartov

Class Consciousness Class Consciousness

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford explores the contradictions of a social revolutionary possessed of an aristocrat's sense of the wrong and right kind of people.

Nov 22, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Charles Taylor

Not Dark Yet Not Dark Yet

Gore Vidal's Point to Point Navigation is a brave and continuous affirmation of life and an assurance that though the Republic has been betrayed, we are not to give up hope.

Nov 22, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Michael Wood

French Lessons French Lessons

The history of twentieth-century France depicts a struggle between the republican ideal of a unitary state and the shifting concerns of a pluralistic society.

Oct 26, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Sunil Khilnani

Death in the Family Death in the Family

Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost represents one man's search to find the truth about himself, his family and the Holocaust.

Oct 19, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Unsentimental Education Unsentimental Education

A new memoir by Robert Hughes reveals the idiosyncratic sensibility of a celebrated art critic.

Sep 7, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Christopher Hitchens