In it, he manages to capture the linguistic hilarities that ensue when you combine a sarcastic, middle-aged French student with a snarky French teacher.
It was not until I took a college class on creative nonfiction that I realized memoirs were not just autobiographies of people with exciting lives.
Anyone with any amount of life experience can write a memoir—no dramatic childhood or odd-defying life accomplishments required.
Outside, there was no little girl to be loved innocently.
My body was a barrier.”Akbar writes intense, searing poetry, but this personal essay contextualizes one of his sweetest poems, “Learning to Pray,” which is cradled in the middle of it.
It was a refreshing surprise to find nestled between heavier topics in her essay collection .
Bryson has the sly, subtle humor that only comes from Americans who have spent considerable time living among dry-humored Brits.This personal essay is a tongue-in-cheek story about the author’s run-in with an alligator on the Pearl River in Mississippi.Looking back on the event as an adult, Key considers his father’s tendencies in light of his own, now that he himself is a dad.If you can’t make something out of a little experience, you probably won’t be able to make it out of a lot.The writer’s business is to contemplate experience, not to be merged in it.”As the lit magazine In this delightful essay, Koul talks about trying to learn the secrets of her mother’s Kashmiri cooking after growing up a first-generation American.” and “What could someone your age possibly have to write about?!” As Flannery O’Connor put it, however, “The fact is that anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.In “Coming Home,” he talks about the strange sensation of returning to America after spending his first twenty years of adulthood in England.This personal essay is the first in a book-length work called , in which Bryson revisits American things that feel like novelties to outsiders and the odd former expat like himself.I love delving into the details of other people’s lives.The length allows me to read broadly on a whim with minimal commitment.