from the forthcoming Rosy Cole's Memoir Explosion by Sheila Greenwald (Kroupa/FSG):
"Writing a memoir is not the assignment," Mrs. Oliphant reminded me. She opened the dictionary on her desk and turned to the page for memoir. "'A memoir is a narrative from personal experience and memory,'" she read. Then she closed the book. "A memoir is difficult to do. It can be tempting to exaggerate the truth for a better story. That can get you into trouble. It's risky."