Monthly Archives: August 2011

24 Hour-Only Memoir Bargain: William Styron’s Darkness Visible on Kindle

We all get spam and the next thing to spam–email from companies we have done business with in the past. Amazon just sent me an email, something that happens without my response several times a week. But this one caught … Continue reading

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Is Memoir the New Novel–And Does it Matter?

One of the joys of writing a memoir blog for more than three years is that people send in relevant articles. Today I got this one about memoir replacing the novel from Simone; last week I got a message from … Continue reading

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Learning from a Baby: A Memoir Writer’s Teacher

From William Wordsworth’s Ode, “Intimations of Immortality From Recollections of Early Childhood” (1803-06):Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,   60         Hath had elsewhere its setting,           And cometh from afar: … Continue reading

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Memoir: Is it Inevitably About Our Parents?

Noble laureate Doris Lessing wrote her last book, Alfred and Emily, reviewed in The New York Times here, at age 88. She’s now 91 years old. Apparently she’s been working out the meaning of her parents’ tragic lives all her … Continue reading

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My First Podcast: On Dancing with Change, Grandmothering, and Leadership!

Brian Paff, a very creative young leader-in-the-making at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, interviewed me for his podcast series at the Laurelville website. Brian wrote a press release about the series of three speeches I gave at Laurelville April 30-May 1. … Continue reading

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White Elephants: A Memoir about Surviving a Mother’s Bipolar Illness and Alcoholism

Madeline Sharples, author of Leaving the Hall Light On, reviewed here, has volunteered to review another memoir about  mental illness.  White Elephants: A Memoir. Chynna T. Laird, Eagle Wings Press, 2011. Reviewed By Madeline Sharples Everyone knew something was terribly … Continue reading

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A Memoir Writer’s Self-Publishing Success Story: An Interview with Mary-Ann Kirkby

Mary-Ann Kirkby, who grew up in a Canadian Hutterite colony until the age of ten, and whose memoir has been a publishing sensation in Canada, has kindly agreed to answer some questions. I chose her publishing story as the focus … Continue reading

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Scott Russell Sanders and Spiritual Memoir

The September, 2008, issue of The Writer’s Chronicle carried an interview with Scott Russell Sanders by Tom Montgomery Fate which makes a rewarding read. It’s full of nuggets worth pondering. As I begin to tackle the long-form memoir, Sanders is one of … Continue reading

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