Writing Memory: A Brief Bibliography

This week, I asked Twitter what their favorite novels/essays/books/poems about the nature of memory. I just wanted to share a few of those suggestions here:


  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Nonfiction Books

  • Metaphors of Memory by Douwe Draaisma
  • Context is Everything: The Nature of Memory by Susan Engel
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

Nonfiction Essays

  • “On Breakups” by Hanif Abdurraqib in The Paris Review
  • “Memory and Imagination” by Patricia Hempl from I Could Tell You Stories.
  • “Bad is Stronger than Good” by Roy F. Baumeister, et. al.

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