Memoirs on “The Point”

This morning on WCAI’s monthly book show on “The Point” Mary Fran Buckley of Eight Cousins Books and Kellie Porter, librarian at Woods Hole Public Library, discussed memoirs with Kathryn Eident,  WCAI Morning Edition host.   Falmouth Public Library reference librarian Jill Erickson and “The Point” host Mindy Todd were off today.   

Mary Fran, Kellie and Kathryn had great fun with a discussion that ranged from local authors to national best-sellers and even included books about writing memoirs.  See their lists below, as well as a couple listener picks.  

The show will be re-broadcast tonight at 7PM on WCAI 90.1 FM or listen online anytime at

Mary Fran’s Picks

Handling the Truth:  on the writing of memoir by Beth Kephart

Educated by Tara Westover

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Body Leaping Backward: memoir of a delinquent girlhood by Maureen Stanton

Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J. D. Vance

The Choice:  embrace the possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Sounds Like Titanic: a memoir by Jessica Hindman

Save Me the Plums:  my gourmet memoir by Ruth Reichl

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

The Year We Disappeared:  a father-daughter memoir by Cylin Busby and John Busby

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Kellie’s Picks

Memoir: a history by Ben Yagoda

Good Talk: a memoir in conversations by Mira Jacob

(mentioned in passing:  books by Roz Chast)

Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Liar’s Club: a memoir by Mary Karr

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Ordinary Light: a memoir by Tracy K. Smith

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

Listener Picks

The Pigeon Tunnel:  stories from my life by john Le Carre

My Struggle (books 1-6) by Karl Ove Knausgaard


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