Excerpts Archive

Excerpt: Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Lucky Girl is Mei-Ling Hopgood’s memoir about traveling to Taiwan to meet the birth family she’d never known. Hopgood grew up thinking she had escaped a life of poverty when she was adopted by Americans, but in Taiwan, she learned that her birth family defied all of her assumptions. This week, she spoke with Andrea [...]

Phillip Lopate on Leonard Lopate, in Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Master essayist Phillip Lopate writes about his relationship with his media star brother, Leonard, in “My Brother, My Life,” from Andrew Blauner’s Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry.

Excerpt: When Skateboards Will Be Free by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s parents devoted their lives to the Socialist Workers Party, and they did their best to make sure their son followed in their revolutionary footsteps. Read an excerpt from his new memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood, below. And be sure to check out Rebecca Touger’s interview with [...]

Interview: Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Kevin Roose is just an average college student: he sings in an a cappella group, he writes for the newspaper, and he studied abroad—at Jerry Falwell’s evangelical Liberty University. Listen to an interview about his new book, The Unlikely Disciple.

EXCERPT: Gimme Shelter by Mary Elizabeth Williams

Monday, March 9th, 2009

“If I were selling, I would, as they say in the ads, clean up good. Shopping for a house is like dating, minus, unfortunately, the cocktails and sex.”
The following is an excerpt from Gimme Shelter by Mary Elizabeth Williams. Read Larry Smith’s interview with Williams here.
A Tomb With a View
The ad says the [...]

Excerpt: Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

In her new memoir, Kathleen Rooney talks about her experiences as a nude life drawing model, and explores the the practice in the context of both the art world and modern society. Be sure to check out her g-chat interview with Katherine Wootton, and read an excerpt from the book below.

“Where Quirky Meets Menacing”—A few questions for Kim Smith

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Artist Kim Smith combines images and text to create delicate, whimsical graphic memoirs. Check out our interview with her, and get a sneak peek at the collages from her new book, Where Quirky Meets Menacing.

Excerpt: The Mercy Papers by Robin Romm

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

“This only makes me angrier—that we’ve all been placed at the mercy of her disease, that it’s trapped us in this house, warping even our arguments. It’s not an apology she’s giving me, it’s a reminder of the time constraint.”
“The heart of this book was written quickly, during and right after my mother’s death,” writes [...]

Excerpt: Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

“I spent four lost, interminable days in lockup that first time in the bin, getting worse, weeping at the sealed windows, yelping for rescue through the pay phone in the soul-destroying dayroom, wrapping into my roommate’s seamless paranoia, and, finally, out of sheer rage, altogether losing what was left of my tenuous grip.”
Norah Vincent is [...]

“Do or Diet”: An Excerpt from Up for Renewal by Cathy Alter

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

“I grew up accepting the inevitability that once you became a woman, you were always on a diet. Being a woman equaled loss. As I reached for a bright orange Cosmopolitan with an equally orange Jessica Simpson on the cover, I wondered what was I about to give up—and what I would eventually gain.”
An excerpt [...]

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