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Friday, November 6, 2020

'What You Know . . . And Want To Know'

“To share our stories is not only a worthwhile endeavor for the storyteller, but for those who hear our stories and feel less alone because of it.” – Joyce Maynard

Born in New Hampshire on Nov. 5, 1953, Maynard is known for writing with candor about her life, as well as for her works of fiction and hundreds of essays and newspaper columns, often about parenting and family.


She has distinguished herself for a number of critically acclaimed books in several different genres ranging from young adult, to crime and general fiction, to nonfiction memoirs, and she has had considerable success as a screenwriter.  


Her memoir At Home In The World about her years living with reclusive author J.D. Salinger drew both praise and scorn from the literary world.  “I wonder what it is that the people who criticize me for telling this story truly object to: is it that I have dared to tell the story? Or that the story turns out not to be the one they wanted to hear?”

The daughter of a journalist (Fredelle Bruser) and sister of a writer/journalist (Rona Maynard), Joyce said, “You write about what you know, and you also write about what you want to know.”

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