Handling the Truth by Beth Kephart
On the Writing of Memoir

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For those who just love to read memoirs, Kephart’s guide sharpens our critical eye for what is working, as well as what isn’t.
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In the tradition of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, a critically acclaimed National Book Award finalist shares inspiration and practical advice for writing a memoir.

Writing memoir is a deeply personal, and consequential, undertaking. As the acclaimed author of five memoirs spanning significant turning points in her life, Beth Kephart has been both blessed and bruised by the genre. In Handling the Truth, she thinks out loud about the form—on how it gets made, on what it means to make it, on the searing language of truth, on the thin line between remembering and imagining, and, finally, on the rights of memoirists. Drawing on proven writing lessons and classic examples, on the work of her students and on her own memories of weather, landscape, color, and love, Kephart probes the wrenching and essential questions that lie at the heart of memoir.

A beautifully written work in its own right, Handling the Truth is Kephart’s memoir-writing guide for those who read or seek to write the truth.
 

About Beth Kephart

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Beth Kephart’s first memoir was a National Book Award finalist and was named best book of the year (1998) by several publications. Her subsequent four memoirs earned her additional acclaim and standing among memoir readers. A respected reviewer, essayist, and blogger, Kephart chaired juries for both the National Book Awards and the PEN First Nonfiction Awards. A veteran writing teacher, she currently teaches memoir at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Avery. 262 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 09 2013

A self-described “memoir autodidact” and distinguished author’s refreshingly idiosyncratic guide to the art of creative nonfiction...Generous, intelligent and genuinely insightful.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Helen Gallagher on Aug 06 2013

Here in Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir Beth Kephart shares the bounty of wisdom accrued after writing and publishing five memoirs...is filled with examples of the best from new writers to old pros who know how to share their story and make readers care about the elements of a good story as well as the careful scrutiny of life.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by MEGANNE FABREGA on Aug 03 2013

For those who just love to read memoirs, Kephart’s guide sharpens our critical eye for what is working, as well as what isn’t.

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