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Memoirists weigh in with 'Why We Write About Ourselves'

Memoirists weigh in with 'Why We Write About Ourselves'

When Dani Shapiro was writing about her mother in her memoir "Slow Motion," she imagined sending her on a cruise around the world that would last exactly as long it took the book to "pass from public consciousness." Instead, she had a close friend, a parent of a teenager, give the manuscript a "mother read" to look for unintentional potshots.

Many memoirists fear that if they are honest, their relationships with the people in their books will be altered, compromised or damaged in some irrevocable way. So why do some authors insist on baring their lives and the lives of those around them for all to see? According to the writers profiled in "Why We...

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