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Memoir vs. Bios?

A question came up around my house today with regard to the review of this book: She Left Me the Gun by Emma Brockes about Brockes search for her mother's life story.

The question is: what makes a book a memoir instead of an autobiography or biography? Is it a subjective difference or is there some hard and fast rule one can point to?


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Far as I know, an autobiography covers a person's whole life from beginning to where they are at the writing time. A memoir is about a certain time or part of their life. Their years in a certain job, or place. Like Julia Child's My Life in France is a memoir.


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