From a Web Review of Eggers' book:
Part of the critical popularity of Eggers' book, no doubt, is that he is playing with the form — and especially the tone — typical of memoirs at a time when people are fed up with tear-jerking books on incest and miserable childhoods. Eggers claims never to have read a memoir before picking up Mary McCarthy's "Memories of a Catholic Girlhood," which a friend recommended because McCarthy did what Eggers had intended to do: write an appendix to the book, documenting fictional licenses. "Because McCarthy had already done it," says Eggers, "I scrapped the idea." (HIP MAMA)
Cave dwellers sketching on darkened cave walls
their own ironic memoirs.