Writing Hard Stories:
Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma
When she came up against a wall in writing a memoir about her father's death, Melanie Brooks decided to ask well-known writers of memoirs how they dealt with the emotional difficulties they encountered in writing their own stories. The result is this volume of interviews with some of the most impressive life-story writers we have, including the likes of Andre Dubus III, Mark Doty, Kate Bornstein, and Richard Blanco. These searching, remarkably open interviews not only offer insight into the process of writing about remembered experience, but help to answer the question that drives Melanie's project: "How did you survive writing about these things?"
Melanie Brooks teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston, and Merrimack College in Andover, and at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire.