May 2012—Books by Authors about Authors (Often Themselves)
It’s often said that authors should write about things they know so it’s not surprising they sometimes write about…authors. Some of these books are memoirs and some of these are fictional accounts of authors.They let you see how authors view their craft and what experiences shaped their writing.
Growing Up by Russell Baker.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times presents a funny yet touching account of his checkered family history and his middle class upbringing in Maryland and New Jersey during the Depression. He describes his life from the Virginia mountain heritage of his ancestors on through to the beginnings of his newspaper career. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1982. Cassette Book RC 18695. Large Print Book 3989. Digital Book DB 18695 is available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.18695.
Kitchen Privileges: A Memoir by Mary Higgins Clark.
Mystery writer pens her autobiography describing events that led to her successful career. Depicts her love-filled Irish upbringing in the Bronx during the depression, a happy marriage that ended in tragedy, and the 1975 surprise success of her first mystery "Where Are the Children?" (RC 38396). Some strong language. 2002. Braille Book BR 14535. Cassette Book RC 55276. Digital Book 55276. Large Print Book LP 19373. DB 55276 is also available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.55276.
Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda.
Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic introduces roughly ninety literary authors and recommends some of his favorite works of fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, biography, history, and poetry. Contains essays on writers Ovid, Petronius, Agatha Christie, and Philip K. Dick and on Arthurian romances and H. Rider Haggard's She. 2007 Braille Book BR 17848. Cassette Book RC 66597. Digital Book DB 65597. Also available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.66597.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.
Sketches of the author's life in Paris in the 1920s provide reminiscences of his first marriage and the development of his literary style. Includes portraits of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Ford Maddox Ford, and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, among many other artists. Some strong language. 1964. Braille Book BR 12344. Cassette Book RC 64589. Digital Book DB 64589. Also available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.64589.
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King.
Prolific, bestselling horror novelist describes his writing technique and gives tips for aspiring authors. King also discusses pertinent events from his childhood and tells of the near-fatal accident in 1999, when he was hit by a truck while taking his daily walk. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2000. Braille Book BR 12802. Cassette Book RC 50873. Digital Book DB 50873. Large Print Book LP 17100. Also available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.50873.
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore.
2010. A Holmesian scholar turns up dead after announcing he has found Arthur Conan Doyle's diary. Harold White, newly inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars, investigates. Meanwhile, events in 1900--when Doyle and his friend Bram Stoker become entangled in a murder--shed light on White's case. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010. Digital Book DB 73774. Also available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.73774.
A Twist at the End: A Novel of O. Henry by Stephen Saylor.
Historical mystery novel constructed around grisly serial murders committed in 1885 while Will Porter, the short story writer O. Henry, lived in Austin, Texas. It reveals the racial bigotry and political scandals of post-Civil War Texas, as well as Porter's incarceration for embezzlement. Some strong language. 2000. Cassette Book RC 57016. Digital Book DB 57016 is available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.57016.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.
Cambridge antiquarian bookseller Margaret Lea is hired by legendary author Vida Winter to pen her life story before she dies. At Vida's decrepit estate out on the Yorkshire moors, Margaret listens to a family history of ghosts, incest, abandoned babies, and other secrets, but wonders, is it true? Bestseller. 2006. Braille Book BRW 1282. Cassette Book RC 63418. Digital Book DB 63418. Large Print Book LP 23492. DB 63418 is also available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.63418.
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain.
Anecdotal self-portrait of American author and humorist Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), published one hundred years after Twain's death at his decree. Includes reminiscences of his youthful escapades, tales of his ancestors and immediate family, profiles of friends and enemies, and details of European and domestic travels. 2010. Digital Book DB 72125. Also available as a downloadable book from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.72125.