What is truth? (Ben Yagoda on the life story of an art form)
Eagerly awaiting Ben Yagoda's forthcoming Memoir: A History (Riverhead, Nov 2009), a book about books aboout life stories.
...a spirited account of a form of writing that since its inception has been one of the most contested and most popular. Without dwelling too heavily on the genre's most recent scandals, Yagoda begins with the fifth-century Confessions of Saint Augustine, still cited as a prime example. ...Yagoda explores the fluid definition of “truth” and whether, given memory's malleability, it's possible to achieve it in any memoir.