Things I’m Grateful for…

by Memoir Mentor on January 19, 2011

My thanks to personal historian Dan Curtis for including my blog in his list of “Top Personal History Blogs of 2010.” Visit Dan’s site HERE to see what other blogs received this fine distinction.

As long as I’m making announcements, I’d like to mention two useful books I’m currently reading. Despite the fact that I have shelves full of books pertaining to personal history writing, I’m always looking for more ideas and inspiration. These two were recommended to me recently, and I recommend them to you:

  • Sven Birkerts’ The Art of Time in Memoir (A small book from a Harvard writing teacher that explores such issues as the difference between “graceful disclosure and sensational self-exposure.”)
  • Francis Flaherty’s The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Non-Fiction Writing (NY Times author offers 50 rules for creating sparkling and memorable non-fiction stories.)

I also gave myself the following memoirs for Christmas:

  • Gail Straub’s Returning to My Mother’s House (Haven’t read yet.)
  • May Sarton’s Journal of Solitude (Haven’t read yet.)
  • Phyllis Theroux’ The Journal Keeper (I’ve read this and love it. Theroux’ graceful, thoughtful prose had me underlining passages and flagging pages throughout.)

Thank you, Dan Curtis. Thank you, Amazon.com!