I believe, and I understand others strongly disagree, that memoir allows the writer to work from memory instead of from a strict journalistic or historical standard. It is about impression and feeling, about individual recollection.In opposition to Frey’s position, most people expect most details in memoirs to be true. But what is truth exactly? Winik asks, “If two people remember something differently, is one of them wrong? Wasn't my memory of a memory also real?”
In my view, a memoirist has a responsibility to the truth, but by “truth” I mean the memoirist’s own personal truth, not the objective truth (if that even exisits). A memoir is the truth as it’s refracted through the prism that is the memoirist. If I wanted the disinterested, objective truth, I’d find a history book.