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Comment on Your Memoir Here by jerrywaxler

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:07:01 +0000

Thanks for stopping by Cherie. This sounds interesting! When I first read the blurb, I didn't know about your Peace Corps stint. That appeals to me. So I went to look at your site. Wow. Three chapters to preview. Nice. Then I went to the Amazon site. Wow. 53 customer reviews. Nice! I bought a Kindle copy - it's hard to see when it will rise up to the top of my ever deepening pile, but it sounds like one that should be near the top of my list. Best wishes Jerry

Comment on Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir? by jerrywaxler

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:57:05 +0000

Thanks for the comment, Claudette. Yes. Writing memoirs and reading them go hand in hand. Every memoir author I've ever talked to (whether published or unpublished) has confirmed the value of putting together a narrative that helped them understand themselves, their families, and their world. It's so cool that you have entered into that pact to find and share your story! What's next? :) Best wishes JErry

Comment on Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir? by Claudette E. Sutton

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:28:58 +0000

There you go, Jerry! Another reason for writing memoir and biography -- to awaken readers' imagination and curiosity about what their own ancestors experienced leaving their homeland and making a new life in a new land. Many people don't want to share the stories of how they got here, or we never get a chance to ask them, which leaves us relying, as you say, on vicarious attempts to understand them by understanding others. Great reason to write AND to read!

Comment on Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir? by jerrywaxler

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:43:23 +0000

Thanks so much for writing that book, Claudette. It taught me so much about the courage of your father and his parents - when they realized that prospects in the Middle East were dimming how brave they were to research and send the kids to a foreign land. The whole thing gives me goosebumps and awakens fantasies of what my grandparents and great grandparents and many others who immigrated to America must have gone through. Even though my own parents were never forthcoming about their immigrant parents' courage, travel and transition, I can vicariously attempt to understand my own ancestors by understanding yours. Best wishes Jerry

Comment on Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir? by Claudette E. Sutton

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:07:38 +0000

Thank you so much for reviewing my book, Jerry, and your reflections on the urge to write about parents and ancestors. You touch on a lot of the questions I had while writing - who my father and ancestors were, how they shaped me, how historic events they lived through can be conveyed to others who don't know about them. For me, writing about family comes in part from an urge to know myself - then develops into an urge to let the person I'm writing about live their life on the page. Much as in synagogue we say kaddish, a prayer of mourning, where we say the name of our dead loved ones aloud to remember them by name. Writing about family comes from this sort of place for me - a way not only to know myself but to remember and imagine those who, in part, made me. Thanks for encouraging me to think more about these motivations! I'm so glad you found insights in my book "Farewell, Aleppo."

Comment on Your Memoir Here by Cherie Kephart

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:53:50 +0000

Thank you for this opportunity to share my just released, award-winning memoir. A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing by Cherie Kephart Cherie Kephart, a young woman who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. The persistent health challenges led to years of suffering, during which her symptoms time and again were undiagnosed by well-meaning medical doctors and healers who were sometimes competent, sometimes careless, sometimes absurd, and always baffled. The anguish, the uncertainty, and the relentless pain would have caused many people to simply give up and end their lives—and Cherie came close. Told with brutal honesty, astonishing wit, and a haunting vulnerability, A Few Minor Adjustments is an unforgettable memoir that will move you with its fiercely inspirational account of one woman’s incredible journey to find life-saving answers. In the end, she finds much more than a diagnosis.

Comment on Your Memoir Here by Peter Gajdics

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:32:38 +0000

"The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir." The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir is the true story of author Peter Gajdics’ six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Spanning decades and continents, The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir is about the dark forces of oppression and the will to survive; its themes are universal: generational trauma, childhood sexual abuse, powerlessness in the face of adversity, self-acceptance, identity, the resilience of the human spirit, and the recognition that we have within each of us a core essence that cannot be killed, or “changed.”

Comment on Your Memoir Here by David Carr

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:25:42 +0000

American Trauma America’s Silent War on Children David Carr heard the stories of what his father endured as a boy: Fists appearing like unexpected rain, kicks in the side, and nails in his skin. But Carr’s father never set a hand on him. The cycle of abuse, however, was not broken: Carr suffered mental and physical abuse from the people that were supposed to protect him. As an adult, he realizes that his continuing mental anguish was self-inflicted. In challenging himself to see his life in a new way, Carr realized that the story of his childhood trauma did not consist of what happened to him. Rather, his story was entirely the way he responded to what happened. This realization set the stage for him to embark on a transformative journey—one that began as a terrified child—but ended with him as a mixed martial artist and successful businessman.

Comment on Your Memoir Here by Viirginia A. Simpson

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:13:31 +0000

As a bereavement care specialist, Dr. Virginia Simpson has devoted her career to counseling individuals and families grappling with illness, death, and grieving. But when her own mother is diagnosed with a lie-threatening condition, Virginia arranges for Ruth to move in with her and is caught off guard by the storm of emotions she experiences when she is forced to inhabit the role of caregiver. In the award winning The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life, Simpson takes readers along for the journey as she struggles to bridge the invisible, often prickly space that sits between so many mothers and daughters, and shows readers the challenges, emotions, and thoughts many caregivers experience but are too ashamed to admit. Touching and vividly human, The Space Between gives us all hope that even the most contentious relationship can end with nothing between two people but love.

Comment on By reviewing her roots she continues to grow by jerrywaxler

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 11:07:21 +0000

Hi Sharon! I love the way you express the "growing interest in this expanded memoir envelope." Yes!! I see the "envelope" expanding in many directions - now that the Memoir Revolution is growing well into its teen years, more of us have accepted and become wise in the power of life story, and have begun to mine its riches along a number of fruitful veins - psychological, social, cultural, spiritual. In many ways this interest in memoirs adds to the excitement, complexity, and creativity of being alive at this time. Best, Jerry