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Thank You, Frank McCourt

by Memoir Mentor on July 21, 2009

I’ve thought a lot about Frank McCourt and his engaging memoir Angela’s Ashes since hearing of his unexpected death yesterday. McCourt published Angela’s Ashes the same year I finished the family history of my Scottish grandparents. Until writing that book I hadn’t paid much attention to the memoir genre. Frankly, I can’t remember reading a [...]

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As a teacher I’m always looking for new ways to help my students remember experiences from their past to develop story ideas. In one effective classroom exercise, I ask students to draw the floor plan of their childhood home, sketching in where the walls were, drawing little boxes to indicate furniture placement. My students are always [...]

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