From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activistand how we form our identities in life and in art. As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as masterful by Roxane Gay, incomparable by Junot Daz, and incendiary by theNew York Times. WithHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of nonfiction, hes sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the authors manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nations history, including his fathers death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writingTarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckleythe writing of his first novel, Edinburgh, and the election of Donald Trump. By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry,How to Write an Autobiographical Novelasks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack....
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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Reviews
Reading this felt a lot like reading Anne Patchett's This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, but from a perspective that I can relate to more easily. Less of a married straight white woman perspective (a fine perspective, but also one that is less accessible to me), and with more honesty and attention paid to a future in a country that idolizes capitalism and has consistently worked to suppress any non white/straight/male individuals. At moments it felt uncanny how accurately Chee was able to tou ...more
Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee!
This was my first experience with Alexander Chee, and I feel like I have been missing out.
Like any essay collection, there were some that I didn’t feel worked quite a s well, but most were fantastic. Chee has a way of seeming conversational without being informal; I felt like I was hearing stories from a good friend in a more organized way. I thoroughly enjoyed the voice of these essays.
At first, I felt like the collection was a bit disjointed and felt scattered. However, looking at the collec ...more
This book is insanely good. I devoured it, sneaking in paragraphs at work, unable to let go of it even as I cooked dinner, so intent on finishing it by day's end. "Unique" doesn't fully capture what the essays collected here embody, although they are that, essentially--Alexander Chee is, after all, the first openly gay Korean American writer, and that he is a kind of writer that has no precedence shows throughout the book, which makes him all the more brave for writing it. But the book is also h ...more
What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a way that cut me down to the core, with a kind of honesty that I've rarely, if ever, seen. I want to hold this book against my chest and let all its power and gorgeousness and intelligence and grace just sink into my ...more
Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home.
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. As memoir it dazzles. As both at the same time it astounds.
This book does the magic of good nonfiction—it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it.