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The Truth-Gradient in Memoir Writing

The cover of Ben Yagoda’s Memoir includes a laurel wreath, an astronaut’s helmet, and a pilot’s cap, invoking the idea that one can wear many hats—and write with many personalities. And as Yagoda insists, memoirs are not 100% true, and the parts that are true may be hard to identify. Listing hundreds of examples of memoir trends, overdone “shtick lit,” sincere originality, and everything in between, Yagoda’s Memoir is for the well-read.

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