I think of the reasons memoir became so interesting to us of late is that it helps people to make sense of their lives. Memoir, to some degree, has to be an attempt by the author to find meaning in their activities. Biographies do the same thing, finding threads of purpose and direction in people’s lives. I think we see that in Lincoln’s life, how so many things shaped him and positioned him to become the great emancipator.
I think books, movies, and music are all ways we seek to make sense of our own stories. What are some other ways that we do this?