Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘memoir’


Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro
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At writing class at UCLA extension, I stare at figures on a table. A clay face figure on this table disturbs me. Its three clear blue eyes gaze out. “Who are we behind our eyes?” I used to ask that of Jeff when we hung out in the UCI cafeteria, Jeff, putting salt and  pepper […]

Hoyt Street

Hoyt Street

Mary Helen Ponce grew up in a Pacoima barrio in the middle of World War II. Hoyt Street is her memoir of the times, the places, the people and the food as she experienced it as a sheltered, bratty, impish, bright, sassy, questioning young girl. She’s bilingual, raised in a household so overflowing with kids […]

James Ellroy at Vroman’s

James Ellroy at Vroman’s

James Ellroy, the “Demon Dog of American crime fiction,” the self-proclaimed “greatest crime novelist who ever lived” (“to the crime novel what Beethoven is to music!”) has a new one out, a memoir, The Hilliker Curse, exploring his own troubled past: his parents’ divorce, his mother’s murder, drug abuse, depression—a regular Thursday evening at Vroman’s, […]

I Love You and…

I Love You and…

The dedication in I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway, a memoir by Glendale-based writer Tracy McMillan, says most of it: “To my dad, who never let me go. And to my fourth husband — wherever you are.” But did we mention that McMillan’s charming, charismatic father was a pimp and a drug dealer who brought […]

Love, Leave, Laugh (Repeat): Tracy McMillan

Love, Leave, Laugh (Repeat): Tracy McMillan

Writer Tracy McMillan, in high heels and a teased-out afro, is somehow both regal and gangly, with an open face, porcelain latte skin and huge eyes. Her friendly, goofy smile disarms you; her razor wit and keen intelligence keep you massively entertained-slash-enlightened — much like her amusing, amazing memoir, I Love You and I’m Leaving […]

Little Rock Nine Author Speaks

Little Rock Nine Author Speaks

Dr. Terrence Roberts is one of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students who volunteered to attend Little Rock Central High School in 1957 in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. After Little Rock’s high schools were closed the following school year, Roberts completed his senior year at Los Angeles High School. […]

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