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Zinsser's memoir recommendations

2020-02-10

I listened to the audio collection of William Zinsser's On Writing Well. It's broken into two parts. It's an abridged version of his book by the same name, followed by a lecture on memoir writing. In the second lecture he discusses lots of different types of memoirs, and emphasises that you should read other people's memoirs in the quest to find your own unique voice for your story.

I don't want to write a memoir, and I was only looking for a good recap of the principles that he outlined in On Writing Well. But, his discussions of the different memoirs in the second lecture piqued my interest because a lot of them sounded interesting.

At the end of the lecture Zinsser set out his reading list of recommended books, which I've transcribed here for convenience.

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