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I edited a book of some of my Lehman College students' fresh, gripping, eloquent memoir essays!

The memoir vignettes in My Slipper Floated Away are pure storytelling gems. Read them here -- for free.

My Slipper Floated Away



Lehman College Memoir Workshop, Spring 2023

Writers in my Lehman College Memoir Workshop, Fall 2019.


"Reading Justine Blau's memoir Scattered is among the pleasures I count from 2017."
~ Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements

"Deeply compelling; Blau brings us Scattered with brave, full-hearted prose. She writes with a complexity and compassion that's both refreshing and original. I'm moved by her story...after reading her work I see the world in a different way."
~ Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things

"Here with vagrant undertones of Holden Caulfield and Eloise on welfare is the mundane terror of a family in disorder, and the mystery of personality and of survival, set within the quietly haunted urban landscape of a now distant New York, the Manhattan of the late 1960's. It is an accomplished and compelling piece of work, and one that deserves a wide readership."
~Documentary filmmaker Ric Burns

"Time to read a real book. You choose Justine Blau's new memoir of her tumultuous childhood and difficult mother, Scattered….You are transfixed. It is lovely."
~ Nicole Cliffe, TheHairpin.com