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Books & Reading

Fictionalizing Family History: Jeannette Walls Show Us How

by Memoir Mentor on November 27, 2011

Those of us who feel the call to record the lives of others have to decide the best way to tell our story: first person or third?; present tense or past?; chronologically, episodically, or something else? The options can seem endless and confusing when we consider them, yet our choices are often constrained–or dictated–by the […]

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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 […]

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Having the Courage to Write with Emotional Honesty

by Memoir Mentor on September 21, 2010

I just finished reading Mary Karr’s Lit, a memoir I admire as much as The Liars Club, her earlier bestselling memoir. Her latest book chronicles her descent into alcohol addiction and then shows how good friends help her cast aside her life-long atheism to embrace a faith that turns her life around. The book is […]

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