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Memoirs that ask who is my father?

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 21:21:15 +0000

If you feel that your memoir writing journey is leading you toward this quest to make better sense of one or both parents, or you want to make better sense of people who have already written about that journey, here are some more examples. Continue reading

Memoirs heal the moral injury of rape

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:31:27 +0000

In order to survive the corrosive effects of her soulful wounds, Stucky felt compelled to wrap the whole painful ordeal, including a lifetime of heroic seeking for sanity, into a literary container. Continue reading

Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir?

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:24:56 +0000

Typically a memoir is about the journey of an individual, and the narrative takes us deeply inside the author’s own point of view. Even though Farewell to Aleppo does not sit firmly within the point of view of either author or protagonist, it nevertheless offers a brilliant insightful story of the life of an ancestor. This form at the intersection of personal history and memoir brings alive the journeys of recent ancestors, supplying the author and her family with important information about their heritage and offering the rest of us a vibrant, personal view of the events of recent history. Continue reading

A Mormon, Mennonite, and Jew Convert to Spirituality

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:49:57 +0000

In the great dispersal of autonomy in Western society, we continue to evolve from the authority of institutions to the wisdom of individuals. Each of us wants to know these truths on our own. And to learn those truths, we go on a journey. Memoirs enable us to share those journeys. Continue reading

Tragedy and courage in memoirs

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:51:56 +0000

After all these years of reading memoirs, I'm deepening my understanding of the grieving subgenre, and seeing how the horror of loss leads to the wisdom of acceptance. In Losing Malcolm by Carol Henderson, the author almost goes mad. To compensate me for accompanying her to the depths, she lets me climb with her to new heights. Continue reading

By reviewing her roots she continues to grow

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:44:53 +0000

Unraveling her ancestors' tangled emotional complexity would have required going back in time and spending years in therapy with each of them. But even though there were no complete answers, the memoir did offer a meta-message. The memoir affirms that looking back to the past is one of the tools we humans use in order to grow more healthfully and wholly toward the future. Continue reading

Two Inspiring Memoirs about Suffering

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:04:51 +0000

One reason for maintaining a distance from the people around me was to avoid their suffering. But over the course of my life, I’ve learned that when life dishes up hardship, we all must figure out how to cope, not only individually but together. By reading memoirs, I have the privilege of allowing suffering into my life through the eyes of an author who has spent years encapsulating the experiences in a moving story. Continue reading

Grieving memoirs – a different slant

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:38:01 +0000

Although the story structure was unconventional, in the end, the book met my expectations after all, by offering me the two great gifts I expect from all satisfying memoirs: first, the life and mind of the author, and second, deep insight into a universal aspect of human experience. Continue reading

Interview With Memoir Editor Brooke Warner

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:30:52 +0000

I’m encouraged because I think there are countless brilliant books whose authors are committed and willing to take them to the finish line, with or without a traditional deal. Continue reading

Two Fools at a Party: Serious Side of Humor

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:41 +0000

After considering both memoirs, my worry about their serious purpose began to evaporate. I could see that their fearless attitude fits perfectly with my understanding of the Hero’s Journey. Continue reading