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Q&A: Tom Grimes on ‘Mentor’ memoir, 3-act structure & language as bedrock

August 11, 2010 | 5 Comments | Read Post

From now on, anyone who dreams of becoming a novelist will need to read Tom Grimes’s brutally honest and wonderful “Mentor.”—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World I might say the same for memoirists in regard to Mentor: A Memoir. This celebrated new book is the story of Tom Grimes’s life and work as a novelist and his relationship with the legendary Frank Conroy (1936–2005), whose books include the classic memoir Stop-Time and the novel Body & Soul, about a young …

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December 29, 2011 | One Comment | Read Post

My list of top memoirs and works of creative & narrative nonfiction Among too many good books to list, these are important—or thrilled me to my toes: Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (Reviewed) Baldwin, James. The Devil Finds Work (Watching movies while black. Reviewed.) ——. Notes of a Native Son (Discussed and Discussed and Discussed.) Beard, Jo Ann. The Boys of My Youth Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Birkerts, Sven. The Art of Time in …