While I’ve been lucky enough to read many excellent memoirs this year, seven easily stand out as my top favorites from 2018.
Mini nonfiction reviews of three books detailing LGBT history: Kenji Yoshino’s Covering, Robert Fieseler’s Tinderbox, and C. Riley Snorton’s Black on Both Sides.
The stories we tell of ourselves are like thin trails across something that is more like the ocean. A mask afloat on the open sea.
—Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Mini nonfiction reviews of two writers’ memoirs: Amy Tan’s Where the Past Begins and Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.
A pensive first collection of poems, Eye Level reflects upon the self in motion: Brooklyn-based poet Jenny Xie questions in her expansive work what it means to enter and exit the boundaries of a place.
Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy and earnestly engaging with the world in his first collection of nonfiction, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, which groups together sixteen personal essays that reflect upon his growth as an activist and a writer.