The sheer number of choices facing us during our twenties can be overwhelming, says the memoirist and humorist Dana Schwartz. But there's no need to panic. Here she selects five brilliant books which will help you navigate early adulthood.
We live in an age obsessed with self-image. Technology has made the ‘selfie’ a ubiquitous form of social currency. Renaissance means may have been very different, but celebrity artists in Medici Florence dealt with many of the issues relating to identity and authorship that we grapple with today. Maria Loh, author of Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master, talks to Five Books about the curated self.
The Memoirs Of Marguerite De Valois
by Marguerite De Valois
Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir
by Ivana Lowell
Casting with a Fragile Thread: A Story of Sisters and Africa
by Wendy Kann
The Mighty Queens of Freeville
by Amy Dickinson
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
In her book The Rival Queens, historian Nancy Goldstone explored the destructive relationship between Marguerite de Valois and her mother Catherine de’ Medici. Here she chooses five different memoirs that best explore the emotionally complex dynamics that characterise mother-daughter relationships.
Via five engrossing memoirs, the Zimbabwe-born journalist Georgina Godwin talks wistfully about her country; amongst the older generation, she says, there is a feeling that Rhodesia was sold down the river by Britain and things needn’t have turned out the way they did.