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Globe and Mail (Vancouver) ** "Despite some attempt to promote this book as one for the general reader, it is really a book for the former [the aspiring memoirist], through even the aspiring memoirist will have to pick and choose what is relevant and helpful here with regards to her own pursuit.
WWI and WWII memoirists routinely essentialize the battlefield in their attempts to create meaning from disordered experiences.
The spaces created throughout the narrative culminate in a final destination and the "poetics of place" comes full circle to find the memoirist, as writer with pen in hand, before her work in the space self-created by an author.
Like Stauffer, Wayne Shumaker is critical of transgressive female memoirists in English Autobiography: Its Emergence, Materials, and Form (1954).
At the same time, the narrowness of the therapeutic requires that the memoirist adhere to certain conventions: brutal honesty, and confessions of suffering as well as sins.
On the pilgrimages to both lshiyama and Hannyaji temples, she manages to achieve a sort of cathartic relief At Ishiyama, the memoirist is occupied with thoughts of death but in the end she writes, "I spoke all there was to say and cried all the tears there were to cry till my heart brightened" (SNKBT24: 123).
Tyrrell stresses that whether you write your life story yourself or use the services of a memoirist, you should select what you want to say and relate it in your own style.
As problematic as this flattening of real differences among women is Yalom's comparing the women memoirists of the French Revolution to the survivors of the Nazi Holocaust.
In the end, perhaps what mattered most in the world of books in 1996 was honesty: the exuberant honesty of Oprah Winfrey, who launched an on-the-air book club that sent books flying up best-sellers lists, and the emotional honesty of literary memoirists who bared their souls and saw their books reach readers, too.
This reference contains 186 profiles of American women writers, including journalists, literary critics, memoirists, poets, essayists, biographers, and editors, from Louisa May Alcott and Octavia Butler to Joyce Carol Oates and Edith Wharton.
Like all memoirists, Darman unintentionally reveals much that isn't pretty.