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Books That Make You Podcast

Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

Jun 12, 2019

A memoir is a personal account of one’s life. It can be a portion of his or her life, or span many years. Memoirs are a wonderful way for us to understand someone else’s story. They give us a slice of history and can help us empathize and relate to people who might be celebrities, athletes, journalists, players in historical events or even every-day people with extraordinary stories. Lessons learned and the moments that shaped one’s life are often the goal in writing a memoir.  

Why should we read them? What makes a memoir compelling? And, who should write them and what should they know about the process? 

We’re talking to Ray Richmond. A professional journalist and author, he was also a television critic, columnist and reporter for a number ofpublications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, the Los Angeles Daily News, and more.  

His books include The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (1997), This is Jeopardy!:Celebrating America’s Favorite Quiz Show (2004), TV Moms: An Illustrated Guide (2000) and My Greatest Day in Show Business(1999).He contributed to the book The Momentas well. 

Ray is also the founder of Family Sleuth Memoirs. It is his belief that working with others on their memoirs might help change the world—for the better—as we know it. 

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