Write Your Story

Art and madness:a memoir of lust without reason

Roiphe, Anne Richardson, 1935-

In this bold book, Roiphe (Epilogue: A Memoir), a veteran novelist and memoirist, focuses on her years among the literary icons of the late 1950s and 1960s. Growing up in a wealthy, dysfunctional Jewish family in New York, she looked to artists and writers as her salvation. At 23, she married Jack Richardson, a promising playwright. Putting her own writing ambitions on hold, she typed his manuscripts and patiently tolerated his promiscuity and drunkenness. She stayed with Jack for eight years, all the time worrying what kind of life she was giving her daughter. In addition to providing amusing accounts of George Plimpton’s boozy parties, where she often spent her evenings with important writers of the era, from Norman Mailer and Doc Haines to William Styron, Roiphe analyzes the effect of alcohol and crazy lifestyles on the writers as well as their wives, who were supposed to serve as patient muses, her colorful, staccato prose capturing the restless energy of the time. VERDICT This book will appeal to Roiphe’s fans, feminists, and memoir lovers 

Good Daughter : A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life

Darznik, Jasmin, 1973-

We were a world of two, my mother and I, until I started turning into an American girl. That’s when she began telling me about The Good Daughter. It became a taunt, a warning, an omen.

Jasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old, and she grew up knowing very little about her family’s history. When she was in her early twenties, on a day shortly following her father’s death, Jasmin was helping her mother move; a photograph fell from a stack of old letters. The girl pictured was her mother. She was wearing a wedding veil, and at her side stood a man whom Jasmin had never seen before.


Join our senior library member, Suzanne Ortt,

a regular contributor of the Tri Cities Voice Newspaper

, and begin to write your memoir!This is an informal meeting to support each other and organize your thoughts for writing. Sharing is optional.

This group will meet the first and third Tuesday of the Month : February 7 & 21 and March 6 and 20.

1 — 3 p.m.


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