Today, I’m so happy to welcome back the very first guest of the show, an amazing writer and reader, and, not to brag, but my best friend and soul sister, Denise Massar. Denise is a memoir junkie, and it occurred to me that mid-December is a perfect time to host a Memoir-Palooza, since so many of us like to give them as gifts over the holiday season, and I thought it would be interesting to hear which ones she liked best over the last year. A lot of the ones we talk about today deal with grief and loss, which also makes a lot of sense to address right now, as the holidays can be rough for a lot of people. Denise is my all-time most trusted memoir resource, and I know you’re going to love hearing her tell me why she thinks Memoirs are the Best Books Ever.
Denise Massar is an author, a mom via birth and adoption, and an adoptee. She writes about parenting, caregiving, racism, and anything else she can’t stop thinking about. As a reader, she’s most interested in stories about women’s day-to-day lives—in the 80s when grade-school classmates were reading Judy Blume, Denise was into Erma Bombeck.
Her essays have been published in RAISE Magazine, TODAY Parenting, An Injustice!, MUTHA Magazine, and Jane Friedman’s blog.
Denise’s memoir, SEARCH HISTORY: A Memoir of Loss, Obsession, and Meeting My Mom at 40, is currently on submission. She is represented by Jacquie Flynn at Joelle Delbourgo Associates.
Discussed in this episode:
Denise Massar on Best Book Ever Episode 002
Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies
I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy
A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
What Comes Next and How to Like it by Abigail Thomas
Episode 097 – Lizbeth Meredith on “What Comes Next and How to Like It” by Abigail Thomas
In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom
How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney
Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
Spare by Prince HarryJ