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Strong is the urge to write one's life story as a keepsake for oneself and one's family. The difficulty is knowing where to start, and then where to go from there. Carl and David Marshall, a grandfather-grandson team, have created a fine and fun do-it-yourself autobiography. The cover of the journal-sized Book of Myself is intended to resemble handmade paper; the inside pages have the yellowed hue of a keepsake found in a musty attic trunk. The book is not especially pretty. But the questions--one per page, divided into early, middle, and late years, and then again into sections concerning family, friends, education, work and responsibilities, and the world--are good enough that it hardly matters. Among the 201 jumping-off points included here are questions concerning childhood toys, crushes, and forbidden exploits; adult embarrassments, betrayals, and achievements; and how one's views change over the years. --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carl E. Marshall was raised in rural Oklahoma and received his Bachelor's and MA in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University and his Doctorate in Statistics from Iowa State. He became a professor of Mathematics at OSU and created the university's graduate program in statistics. He was known by his colleagues as "Mr. Statistics of Oklahoma."

David P. Marshall is the co-author, with his wife Kate, of THE BOOK OF US: A JOURNAL OF YOUR LOVE STORY IN 150 QUESTIONS, and THE BOOK OF MY PET: IN CELEBRATION OF PETS. Other Marshall books include WORDS TO LIVE BY: A JOURNAL OF WISDOM FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE, by Emily and Kate Marshall. He lives with his family in northern California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; Revised edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401303099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401303099
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a PK (preacher's kid) from Texas, grew up in Chicago, and have lived in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Denver, Mexico City, Munich, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I retired from the software business in 2006 and am now devoting myself full-time to books and writing.

I am now the Vice President, Editorial and Digital for Berrett-Koehler, a non-fiction book publisher with the mission of creating a world that works for all. I also write prompted journals to foster family communication and self-discovery. The Book of Myself, A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography, which I wrote with my grandfather Carl Marshall, was my first book and has sold over 350,000 copies. I have also co-authored Picture of Me, What I Love About You, The Book of Us, and The Book of My Pet with my wife Kate. In total, our books have sold over 800,000 copies. Our newest books are What I Love About You, Mom (March 2013) and My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future (November 2012). We live in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find out more about our books at http://www.marshallbooks.net.

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158 of 164 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my grandmother after carefully reviewing several other autobiographical writing aides. I have to admit I was disappointed when I received the book. The questions are good, but the book itself is very small. If I'd noticed the dimensions of the book that are listed near its photo, I might not have purchased it. Each of the 201 questions gets one side of one page for answering, and the pages are roughly 5x8". It is almost impossible to imagine that the kind of rich, detail-laden anecdotes we hope for (and that we want to pass on for generations) when we give this as a gift could fit in the space provided. Though not ideal, I ended up buying a small notebook for my grandmother, along with the book, that she can continue her answers in.
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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Advantages: This autobiographic journal is affordable and omits uncouth, private questions that have dissuaded me from purchasing other journals. For example, one's sex life is not addressed in this book, but is included in another life journal, "All About Me." "The Book of Myself" makes a great gift for grandparents, parents, & older relatives or friends.
Disadvantages: Tailored more for older folks. For instance, the book solicits responses to "my memories of World War II, "inquires how Pearl Harbor shaped a person's life, your whereabouts during JFK's assassination & the 1st moon landing.
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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my grandmother with a note that said "I bought this book for you because I want the generations of our bloodline to come to know that you were a wonderful, generous woman, who knew how to live life to it's fullest." She loved both the book and the note so much she cried! She also went out and bought a few more to give to aother family members as gifts. She wrote in it and gave it to me, and I drank up every word she wrote. I learned about her trials and tribulations, I learned about family members I never had the pleasure of knowing...but got to know well throughout this book. It gave me an idea about where I came from, and I even noticed some similarities in personality and interests with my grandmother. This is a wonderful book for any occasion. Definitly 2 thumbs up!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By BME on April 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my mother and grandmother, and that has proven to be one of the best things I ever could have done. This book has questions in it like, "One of my most memorable toys was . . ." and "These people were my best friends in my middle years. . ." The book has specific questions for three different periods in life, and all of the questions are revealing. Not only have I learned a lot about my mother and grandmother, but they have learned about themselves. This book makes a thoughtful gift, and I plan to buy several more for Christmas presents. My only complaint about the book is its writing spaces. The lines are too wide, leaving little room to write in detail. Still, I've not found another book of equal quality or depth. A gem!
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recently received this book as a sweet 16 birthday present. At first I thought it would just be a fun thing to do when I had some spare time. But now I realize, as I've started writing in the "Early Years" section, that this book will serve as the tale of my life -- something I can look back on when I'm older and my children can read with interest. It is not necessary to answer all the questions and you can work as quickly or slowly as you like. I only wish that my parents had written in one of these. Someday when I am in my eighties or so, I hope that I am still writing in it, and still remembering what it was like to be 16 again.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
When my grandother was dying, I realized how little I knew about her life. I didn't want her stories to die with her, so I bought this book and used it to interview her. She told stories and I took notes. Now I have her life recorded. It means so much to my and my children's sense of family history and identity.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JustMe on April 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For my mother's 60th birthday, she told me she'd like to reflect on her life thus far. I'd seen books of this nature, in which the reader can fill out question to create an easy autobiography. After using reading lots of different reviews on these types of books, The Book of Myself stood out with the best ratings. I bought the book from another bookstore, and from just skimming through the book I loved its questions. Finally, I presented it to my mother at her birthday dinner. She beamed with excitement when I explained the nature of the book, and she repeatedly said it's just what she wanted. After the dinner, she immediately called her sisters and told them about the book. They said they would like one for a christmas present, and eventually have all their siblings fill out the book. In light of other deaths in the family, my elders were seeking ways to preserve their memories. They're looking forward to discussing the questions as a group, and recalling all the chapters of their lives. Also, my mom told her co-worker about the book, who in turn wanted one for herself! "You see," my mother said, "this book you gave me is really taking off."

I love seeing my mother's enthusiasm for the book, and she informs me of her progress in filling it out. She decided to type her answers to the questions, and she's saving her answers on a keepsake CD. My father and aunts will be doing the same, and we anticipate having a memory box full of these books and autobiography CDs! Overall, I'm so blessed to have stumbled upon this book, it seems like it's becoming an integral part of preserving family memories.
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