Bibliomemoir: The Seam Between Reading and Living

Bibliomemoir is a word I never used, never wrote until this sentence. It was defined beautifully by Joyce Carol Oates as “a subspecies of literature combining criticism and biography with the intimate, confessional tone of autobiography.” Put another way, it is defining or giving meaning to a life through reading, and then writing about that reading. There is probably a seam between the reading and the living, but as an editor I could never find it.

- The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers, Terry McDonell