How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist?and how we form our identities in life and in art. As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as ?masterful? by Roxane Gay, ?incendiary? by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by the Washington Post. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his fir From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, ...

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Title:How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays
Author:Alexander Chee
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:1328764524
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Reviews

  • sharon
    May 08, 2018
    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...
  • Carolee Wheeler
    Apr 19, 2018
    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...
  • Melissa
    Dec 27, 2017
    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...
  • Ken
    Jun 30, 2018
    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...
  • Mehrsa
    Dec 27, 2018
    Really beautiful writing. I especially loved Chee's essays about the act of writing. His essay about the Iowa workshop culture was awesome. ...
  • Roxane
    Dec 31, 2018
    Nuanced, sophisticated, intelligent, intimate, sincere essays about writing, identity, and being alive. ...
  • Dana
    Mar 05, 2018
    So, so, so, so, so good. ...
  • Thomas
    Jun 22, 2018
    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Jan 30, 2018
    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...
  • Columbus
    Jul 05, 2018
    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...
  • Erika Dreifus
    Apr 05, 2018
    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...
  • Ming
    Sep 26, 2018
    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jan 25, 2018
    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...
  • Tiffany Reisz
    May 06, 2018
    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...
  • Christina
    Mar 11, 2018
    like a glass of water for my heart ...
  • Jason
    Sep 07, 2018
    The essays I found most interesting were those about other subjects?Annie Dillard, that New York socialite, his rose garden?and not necessarily because the writing was exciting but because the subjects were. I found the pieces about his own writing life to be overwrought and sentim...
  • Ifeyinwa
    Dec 01, 2018
    3.5 stars. I absolutely loved some of the essays in this collection, and could have done without others. Most of the essays are long and meander; however, they typically come to an enlightening and moving conclusion. I also found myself inspired to write by some of the author's ess...
  • Alex
    Nov 12, 2018
    Having read The Queen of the Night, I was enticed to read Chee's latest collection of essays, but not really knowing what I was getting myself into. I am not sure if I as a non writer is the intended audience for a book largely looking at the events, choices and processes that turned C...
  • Amelia Zhou
    Dec 15, 2018
    a diverse group of essays abt a writers coming of age. demystifies ?process?. the question of how to live. so hard for a writer to write about how they write and why they write with clarity and distance that doesnt primary a certain egotism but chee has done it well ...
  • Dominique
    May 18, 2018
    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...
  • Joseph Cassara
    May 21, 2018
    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...
  • Katie Devine
    May 01, 2018
    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...
  • Kevin Bertolero
    Apr 25, 2018
    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...
  • Manuel Betancourt
    May 01, 2018
    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...
  • Sasha
    Nov 16, 2018
    These essays are SO good! And it?s hard to describe how and why. Chee just makes it really easy to imagine and feel what he?s describing. Very melancholy vibes. Just a bit of it went over my head and the stuff about writing didn?t always resonate bc I?m not a writer but was sti...
  • Michael
    May 15, 2018
    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog. Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee earnestly engages with the world in How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his memoir about coming of age and becoming a writer. Chee moves at a measured...
  • Abdal
    Oct 15, 2017
    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...
  • Mimi
    Jan 06, 2019
    Rating: 3.5 More unorthodox memoir than essay collection, novelist Alexander Chee marks out his life in episodes, illustrating insights or revelations about his desire to write how, and what, he wrote: a high-school exchange to Mexico forces him to confront his fractured biracial, A...
  • Rebecca Marie
    Dec 17, 2018
    The final essay alone (On Becoming An American Writer) is worth five stars. I did not hesitate to brush past the essays that didn?t hold me, but the ones about writing have haunted me since I read them. ...
  • Ingrid Contreras
    Dec 29, 2018
    Organized around the nature of writing and the basic operation of the craft of story, this is a book about life itself. I believe in this book so much I find myself opening it at random as if it were an oracle. ...