A Memoir Focuses on a Particular Time in an Author’s Life

Book cover of Angela's AshesA memoir lets the author focus on specific aspects of her life and, by implication, ignore others. The memoir author should go beyond a mere telling of experiences to show the reader how they reflect broader human issues. Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, for example, which recounts the author’s life from early childhood through age 19, offers numerous examples and reflections on basic themes such as the restrictions imposed by social class hierarchy.