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.
Weekly updates and mini reviews of two LGBT memoirs: Sarah McBride’s Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality and Charles Blow’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
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
A blend of biography and memoir, The Trauma Cleaner meditates on what it means to live with the memory of great pain.
Over the weekend I had the chance to listen to Sean Strub’s memoir Body Counts on audio, which reminded me a lot of one of my favorite memoirs from earlier in the year, Cleve Jones’s When We Rise.
Mini nonfiction reviews of two writers’ memoirs: Amy Tan’s Where the Past Begins and Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.