memoir is a document class designed especially for book-length documents. It incorporates the functionality of many independent packages into the class so that instead of loading a lot of packages, you can just load .

Quoting from the manual:

The built-in package functions are mainly related to document design and layout; memoir does not touch upon areas like those that are covered by the babel or hyperref packages or any related to typesetting mathematics.

The Memoir Class 8th Ed. 2010, p. XXV.

[T]he emulated packages are: abstract, appendix, array, booktabs, ccaption, chngcntr, crop, dcolumn, delarray, enumerate, epigraph, ifmtarg, ifpdf, index, makeidx, moreverb, needspace, newfile, nextpage, pagenote, patchcmd, parskip, setspace, shortvrb, showidx, tabularx, titleref, tocbibind, tocloft, verbatim and verse. As well as the emulated packages memoir provides functions equivalent to those in the following packages, although the class does not prevent you from using them: fancyhdr, framed, geometry, sidecap, subfigure, and titlesec.

P. 351.

The class is extensively documented, and even if you don't use it, the manual is a wealth of general information about book design and the standard LaTeX methods for all parts of a document.

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