Punctuation Matters

Punctuation Matters

This month I read two memoirs that I would be giving glowing reviews to, if only they had employed quotation marks.  Is anyone else fed up with the idea that quotation marks in dialogue are unnecessary? Basic rules of grammar and punctuation exist for a reason (to...
The Invisible Wall

The Invisible Wall

Rating:  The Invisible Wall, by Harry Bernstein.  Ballantine Books (2007), 320 pages. Bernstein was 93 years old when he wrote this memoir (his first book) of his childhood in an English mill town. For those readers who require that their books be firmly...
Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

Rating:  Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood, by Robyn Scott.  Penguin (2008), 452 pages I definitely recommend this book for anyone who is fond of memoirs about growing up in an exotic locale with an eccentric family. The author...
A Million Little Lies

A Million Little Lies

(This review first appeared in January 2006) Rating:  A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey.  Random House (2004), 448 pages. A memoir is one person’s memories of his life and can’t be expected to represent an exact rendition of absolute fact,...