Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Writers Gotta Read, Right? — Memoirs and more

To wrap up a month of memoirs, autobiographies, and life-writing/journaling, here is a “list of lists” for your reading pleasure.

Let’s start with memoirs.
Now, diaries and journals.
Image by annazuc from Pixabay

Finally, Library of Congress (LOC) has some fascinating collections of narratives/interviews available to read/watch online, including Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project 1936 to 1938 and the Veterans History Project. For these sites, you need to dig around a bit if you are after something specific, but you can also let serendipity be your guide. For instance, here’s a link to a video interview with Frank Woodruff Buckles. Buckles, who lied about his age to join the U.S. Army in World War I, talks about his experiences in both world wars.

Here at Blood Red Pencil, you’ll find many more recommendations and tips from the gang if you look at previous March 2021 posts. If you have other resources or reads to share, we'd love to hear about them! Please let us know in the comments below.

Ann Parker authors the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks. During the day, she wrangles words for a living as a science editor/writer and marketing communications specialist (which is basically a fancy term for "editor/writer"). Her midnight hours are devoted to scribbling fiction. Visit AnnParker.net for more information.


  1. Hi Ann! I've been into memoir lately (just reading, not writing), so many thanks for all these suggestions.

  2. Love these links, Ann. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You are welcome! :-) Happy reading!


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