R.A. Clipping File — Memoirs

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What does it say about our national psyche that we seem to have an unending appetite for memoirs that feature dogs? Entertainment Weekly give this one an B+.

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And then there’s all the memoirs that feature food. The Wall Street Journal‘s Jeffrey Trachtenberg interviews Sara Roahen about her new book, Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table. He says it “makes you want to spend a week — immediately — in New Orleans. This collection of essays, which W.W. Norton & Co. publishes on Monday, would wreck any diet if it had recipes. Ms. Roahen charitably refrains.”

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Newsweek reviews a memoir of a much different sort (admittedly, this is more sociology than memoir and it is in the 360’s, but it is also a very personal story), that “gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand.” On Slate, Venkatesh and Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here & The Other Side of the River) are are involved in a fascinating discussion of the book on “The Book Club: New Books Dissected Over E-mail.”

It’s also been reviewed in the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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