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Books & Reading

No Ordinary Family History

by Memoir Mentor on July 9, 2010

I’m always looking for examples of creative ways people write family histories that breathe life into ancestors long gone. I have posted a list of books I particularly admire in the Toolbox section of my website, I recently finished another family history I’d like to recommend to you, one that will surely go on the top of my list. […]


A Family History Combines Facts with Imagination

by Memoir Mentor on April 4, 2010

I’m always looking for interesting ways to write a family history that brings ancestors to life. I found an excellent example in Linda Tate’s Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative, published in 2009 by Ohio University Press. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a way to combine research with imagination to create […]


Making Your Santa List

by Memoir Mentor on November 24, 2009

I taught a seminar recently to folks who wanted to learn how to write their personal histories. Before I began I asked how many had ever read a memoir. The majority had not. I gave them my standard spiel, which I’ll repeat here: There’s no better way to learn how to write a memoir than […]