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  • Published: 25 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781592408153
  • Imprint: Gotham
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.99

Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir


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A beautifully written work in its own right, Handling the Truth is Kephart's memoir-writing guide for those who read or seek to write the truth.

Writing memoir is a deeply personal, and consequential, undertaking. As the acclaimed author of five memoirs spanning significant turning points in her life, Beth Kephart has been both blessed and bruised by the genre. In Handling the Truth, she thinks out loud about the form—on how it gets made, on what it means to make it, on the searing language of truth, on the thin line between remembering and imagining, and, finally, on the rights of memoirists. Drawing on proven writing lessons and classic examples, on the work of her students and on her own memories of weather, landscape, color, and love, Kephart probes the wrenching and essential questions that lie at the heart of memoir.

A beautifully written work in its own right, Handling the Truth is Kephart's memoir-writing guide for those who read or seek to write the truth.

'A marvelous primer for anyone who would dare to face the furies and write about his or her life. Beth Kephart has read the genre closely, put her own feet to the fire, and distilled the form with all the passion of a great teacher.' Marie Arana, author of The National Book Award Finalist American Chica

'With infectious passion and hard-won wisdom, Beth Kephart eloquently celebrates the rigors and rewards of the creative process and―equally necessary―the art of crafting a meaningful life. Read it and learn how to tell your story. Better yet, read it and begin to understand why your story matters.' Katina Kenison, author of Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment

'Beth Kephart has done something extraordinary with this huge and messy thing called memoir―roping it into submission with her typically beautiful writing. In this well-organized book, every example is a precious stone to turn over and to learn from, particularly in terms of crafting a voice and finding one's way in. Memoir is an academic field. This should become the seminal text.' Buzz Bissinger, author of Father's Day, A Prayer For The City, And Friday Night Lights

  • Pub date: 25 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781592408153
  • Imprint: Gotham
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.99

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