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Full title Hitch-22: A Memoir [permalink]
Language English
Author Christopher Hitchens (author)
Publisher Atlantic Books
Categories Autobiography and memoir
Publication year 2011
Original publication year 2010
ISBN 978-1-84354-922-2 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 435
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  • Foreword
  • Prologue with Premonitions
  • Yvonne
  • The Commander
  • Fragments from an Education
  • Cambridge
  • The Sixties: Revolution in the Revolution
  • Chris or Christopher?
  • Havana versus Prague
  • The Fenton Factor
  • Martin
  • Portugal to Poland
  • A Second Identity: On Becoming an (Anglo) American
  • Changing Places
  • Salman
  • Mesopotamia from Both Sides
  • Something of Myself
  • Thinking thrice about the Jewish Question...
  • Edward Said in Light and Shade (and Saul)
  • Decline, Mutation, or Metamorphosis?
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
Full title Mortality [permalink]
Language English
Authors Christopher Hitchens (author), Graydon Carter (foreword) and Carol Blue (afterword)
Publisher Twelve
Categories Anthology, autobiography, essay and memoir
Publication year 2012
ISBN 978-1-4555-2347-4 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 104

Mortality is a very short collection of essays that Hitchens wrote for Vanity Fair about his diagnosis of and living with oesophageal cancer. There are forays into other topics, but the essays mainly concern his living with cancer and all that that implies.

"To the dumb question 'Why me?' the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: Why not?"


It's a very short book, but the essays are interesting. If you're familiar with Hitchens' output, then you know what to expect.

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Full title On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft [permalink]
Language English
Author Stephen King (author)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Categories Autobiography, memoir and writing
Publication year 2012
Original publication year 2010
ISBN 978-1-4447-2325-0 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 351
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Full title The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts [permalink]
Language English
Author Maxine Hong Kingston (author)
Publisher Vintage Books
Category Memoir
Publication year 1989
Original publication year 1975
ISBN 978-0-679-72188-8 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 209

This book is part-novel and part-autobiography, interspersed with Chinese folktales. It describes life for a Chinese-American woman living in California.


The style of the narration (with fantastic tales woven seamlessly into the main autobiography) was at first a little confusing, but one soon gets used to it, and then the book becomes a delight to read. I can definitely recommend it, though I prefer the more traditional form of autobiographical writing.

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  • No Name Woman
  • White Tigers
  • Shaman
  • At the Western Palace
  • A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe

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