Augusten Burroughs photographed by Christopher Schelling.
After the publication of his self-help book, This Is How, Augusten Burroughs considered getting a divorce—from memoirs.
“At that point, I had made the intellectual decision, within myself, that I wanted to write novels,” says Burroughs, who wrote two in the next few years.
But a third book eclipsed them both: the story of how he fell in love with his husband, literary agent Christopher Schelling. Yes, Burroughs’s latest, Lust & Wonder, is, in fact, a memoir.
“That is ...
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney photgrpahed by Lisa Whiteman.
In The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s glorious New York novel, four adult siblings meet at the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant for some fresh coffee and old roles.
“The three of them wondered how he did it, how he always managed to be unruffled while putting everyone else on edge, how even in this moment, at this lunch, where Leo should be abashed, laid bare, and the balance of power could have, should have, shifted against him, he still ...
Roy Blount Jr. photographed by Joan Griswold.
Readers, save a little room on your plate for Roy Blount Jr.’s toothsome tome, Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations. You may be satiated, but you won’t be sorry.
“The food books I tend to most like are about eating and enjoying—stories about food, rather than analyses of how food is being ruined for us. They’re celebrations of food—food that’s good for you and yum-goody at the same time,” says Blount, who’s inadvertently described Save ...
Sarah Schulman photographed by Drew Stevens.
The Cosmopolitans may very well be Sarah Schulman’s breakout book—an idea that the author finds not without a trace of humor.
“It’s funny, isn’t it? I’ve been around for so many years,” says Schulman, 57. “If you Google ‘underrated’ and my name, you’ll get a lot of hits... I’m always getting ‘best unknown book’ and things like that—and it’s because of the queer content.”
Schulman is the author of 10 novels (After Delores, Rat Bohemia, Shimmer, etc.), five ...
Elizabeth Brundage photographed by Elena Seibert.
The origin of Elizabeth Brundage’s fearsome fourth novel, All Things Cease to Appear, is a crime that happened over two decades ago.
A woman was murdered with her young daughter in the house. “My husband was in training at the time—he was a resident [physician]—when I heard about it, and our first daughter was three,” Brundage says. “And I thought, ‘Oh my god!’ I couldn’t imagine if I was murdered and my little girl was running around ...
Theresa Rebeck photgraphed by Monique Carboni.
“I heard from editors early on that I, quote unquote, ‘lean on my dialogue,’ ” says third-time novelist Theresa Rebeck, “—and I thought, why, yes, I do. You would, too, if you were me.”
You’d do well to: Rebeck is the author of more than a dozen plays produced in New York City, on Broadway and beyond, including “Omnium Gatherum,” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She’s the award-winning TV writer (“NYPD Blue”) who created the ...
Amy Gustine photographed by Patrick Gustine
Write what you know? Amy Gustine rejected that age-old approach years ago.
“After my early-to-mid 20s I completely jettisoned that advice,” says Gustine, author of the debut short story collection You Should Pity Us Instead. “I find it to be just incredibly restrictive and to go against the spirit of why we write and why we read.
“I was reading something in the New York Times recently, by Roy Scranton, and he said the more perspectives we learn to ...
Chris Offutt photographed by Sandra Dyas
When it came to titling his latest memoir, Chris Offutt went with the main thrust: My Father, the Pornographer.
“It was just called ‘Dad Book’ for a long time, as its working title—I had tons of titles that were awful. I’m not the greatest title inventor,” says Offutt, whose debut story collection, Kentucky Straight, was named by his college roommate. (A canny editor titled his first memoir, The Same River Twice.)
“With a book, I work on it, I ...