memoir

Catholic Church
1:33 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

An Ex-Seminarian's Take On Sexual Abuse Scandal

Credit Fred Moody's book, "Unspeakable Joy."

Ross Reynolds interviews local author Fred Moody about his account of discovering his seminary's sexual abuse past in his book, "Unspeakable Joy."

This interview originally aired on November 18, 2013.

American Hikers' Memoir
9:18 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Surviving Iranian Prison In 'A Sliver Of Light'

Credit Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd's memoir, "A Sliver of Light."

Steve Scher talks with American hikers Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Their memoir, “A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran,” is about how they spent two years in prison after the trio wandered over the Iranian border in 2009.

Ultra-Orthodox Judaism
8:45 am
Mon February 24, 2014

'Cut Me Loose': After Exile, A Young Woman's Journey In 'Sin'

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Leah Vincent is a board member of Footsteps and co-producer of the It Gets Besser project, both of which help support people who have decided to leave ultra-Orthodoxy.
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Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 10:44 am

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism, in Pittsburgh.

"Yeshivish Judaism life is defined by religious law," Vincent tells NPR's Arun Rath. "We keep extra-strict laws of kosher, observe the Sabbath every week, maintain a separation of the sexes and a degree of isolation from the outside world."

When she was 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend. Contact with men is forbidden in her sect, and she was cast out from her community.

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Memoir
1:27 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Restaurateur Eddie Huang Talks About Funky Food

Cover of Eddie Huang's memoir, "Fresh off the Boat."
Courtesy/Spiegel & Grau

Eddie Huang stormed through childhood. He fought bigoted kids, defied stereotypes of the "model minority" and partied hard. But he clung to the delights of  his father’s restaurant and the flavors of his mother’s kitchen. Following a stint as a lawyer and a stand-up comic, he returned to his raucous roots, dipped in the flavors of Taiwan, America and the world.

Eddie Huang joins us for a conversation about the first-generation immigrant experience he writes about in his new memoir, “Fresh Off the Boat.”

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Author Interview
3:20 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Badluck Way: From Seattle City Slicker To Montana Cowboy

Bryce Andrews' book "Badluck Way."

Marcie Sillman talks with Bryce Andrews about his new memoir "Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West." It's the story of how a Seattle-raised liberal became a Montana rancher and the ethical and cultural transformations he had to make.

Author Interview
3:28 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gary Shteyngart: From The Soviet Union To US Novelist

Author Gary Shteyngart in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds interviews author Gary Shteyngart about his new memoir: a story of growing up in the Soviet Union, moving to the US as a child and becoming a novelist. It’s called “Little Failure.”

Author Interview
3:59 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Bill Ayers: From Chicago Educator To "Public Enemy"

Bill Ayers' book "Public Enemy."

Marcie Sillman sits down with Bill Ayers who has written a memoir called "Public Enemy" about the time when the Chicago-based educator was accused of being a terrorist affiliated with then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary debate.

Amazing Individuals
6:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Best Of The Conversation: Feature Interviews

The Nancy Pearl action figure.
KUOW Photo

We talk to a lot of fascinating people on The Conversation: comedians, journalists, politicians, ex-felons, librarians, writers and even pirates. Today, we rebroadcast three interviews with some amazing individuals who have overcome hard times to pursue their dreams.

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Books
3:11 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Memoir Recommendations

Librarian Nancy Pearl
KUOW Photo

If you are looking for a good memoir to read, here are a few of Nancy Pearl’s suggestions.

"A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana," by Haven Kimmel

"Cakewalk: A Memoir," by Kate Moses

"The World’s Strongest Librarian," by Josh Hanagarne

"Between Terror and Tourism," by Michael Mewshaw

"Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown," by Paul Theroux

"Stop-Time," by Frank Conroy

"Mountain City," by Gregory Martin

"Going Back to Bisbee," by Richard Shelton

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Politic and Government
9:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Port Commissioner, The Emanuel Family, And Washington State Constitution

Cover of 'The Washington State Constitution' by Robert Utter and Hugh Spitzer.

The Port Of Seattle Has A New Commissioner
Stephanie Bowman has been selected to join the Seattle Port, filling the seat Rob Holland vacated.  Last month, Courtney Gregoire was picked to replace Gael Tarleton. President of the Port of Seattle Commission Tom Albro explains why these two were selected out of the 35 applicants.

Inside The Emanuel Family
Ezekiel Emanuel and his two brothers Rahm and Ari grew up to become powerhouses in their respective careers. Rahm is the mayor of Chicago, Ari is a successful Hollywood agent and Ezekiel is the head of the department of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania. In his new memoir "Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of An American Family," Ezekiel tells the story of his family's history — from his parents early life as political and civil rights activists to the family's modern day successes.

Following The Old Rules
The Washington State Constitution is a 19th century document rooted in populist traditions from the era. It still functions today, but there have been significant changes. Over the past decade, state courts have come to rely on the state’s constitutional rather than federal doctrines. This is especially true in the area of individual rights, according to Hugh Spitzer, Constitutional scholar and co-author of the book, "The Washington State Constitution."

American History
11:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

A True Story Of A Slave And Master

Map of Underground Railroad routes in the midwest.
Credit Courtesy/Wikipedia

Charles Mitchell was a teenage slave of  Washington’s surveyor general, James Tilton. In 1860, with the help of the West’s underground railroad, Charles Mitchell escaped to Victoria, British Columbia, and won his freedom. Public historian Lorraine McConaghy tells Ross Reynolds the story and discusses how she came to write her latest book, "Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master."

Historical Memoir
8:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Early Recollections Of Prague And War With Madeleine Albright

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at an interactive session on "America, India and Democracy in the 21st Century" in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006.
Credit AP Photo/Gurinder Osan

Madeleine Albright was the first woman to hold the Secretary of State position for former president Bill Clinton. She became known as an advocate for peace in the Middle East and for bringing war criminals to justice. In her new memoir, she chronicles her traumatic early life in Prague during the Nazi occupation, through the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.

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Tragedy And Coping
4:37 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Breaking The Silence Around Suicide

Author Kim Stafford writes about his brother's suicide in '100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do.'
Credit Courtesy Kim Stafford

Editors' Note: This story contains descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know might be suicidal, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800.273.8255 (800.273.TALK).  Support groups and grief counseling for survivors can be found throughout the Puget Sound region.

Portland writer Kim Stafford has struggled to make sense out of the suicide of his brother Bret for 25 years. Though Bret was just 14 months older, Kim always looked to his brother as a leader and teacher. When he shot himself at age 40 in 1988, nobody in Bret’s family knew how much he was struggling.

Members of the Stafford family, even their father and famous poet William Stafford, couldn’t bring themselves to speak or write about Bret's loss. It was largely up to Kim Stafford to break the family silence.  Kim’s new memoir, “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do:  How My Brother Disappeared,” is the story of his brother’s life and death and its devastating and transformational effect on Kim and his family.

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Author Interview
12:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Seattle Writer Domingo Martinez On Coming Of Age In A Texas Border Town

Seattle writer Domingo Martinez is the author of "The Boy Kings Of Texas," which was recently nominated for the National Book Award.  It’s about the cultural tensions he experienced growing up in the border town of Brownsville.  

KUOW's David Hyde talks to Martinez about growing up in a border town, his family, why he moved to Seattle, and why he stayed.