Autobiography and Memoir

Dining With Devils Dining With Devils

Wole Soyinka's You Must Set Forth at Dawn is a captivating memoir of the political and cultural dilemmas the author and activist encountered, and a compelling chronicle of Nigeria'...

May 11, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Fatin Abbas

The Sheltering Shy The Sheltering Shy

Satirist Alan Bennett's Untold Stories is a packed suitcase of a book by one of Britain's finest writers, exploring the ra

May 11, 2006 / Books & the Arts / David Thomson

Will Greenspan Tell the Truth? Will Greenspan Tell the Truth?

A Greenspan memoir will do fine in the marketplace. It is the kind of Important Book daughters buy for father's birthday. In the unlikely event Greenspan tells the truth, it would ...

Mar 8, 2006 / Books & the Arts / William Greider

Truth, Fiction and Frey 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.

Jan 26, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Matthew Flamm

The Dying Animal 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 othe...

Nov 17, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Michael Wood

Monster’s Ball 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 ...

Nov 17, 2005 / Books & the Arts / John Banville

I Wonder As I Wander 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.

Nov 2, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Michael Gorra

Optimism of the Will Optimism of the Will

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

Sep 1, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Mike Davis

The Unexamined Life The Unexamined Life

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

Aug 11, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Lee Siegel

Fables of the Reconstruction 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.

Jul 28, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Diane McWhorter