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I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory Paperback – August 17, 2000
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This small event sets the stage for the rest of the book--it draws a narrative out of a mostly mundane moment and underscores the complicated nature of remembering events as they actually happened. She writes that because "everyone 'has' a memoir, we all have a stake in how such stories are told. For we do not, after all, simply have experience; we are entrusted with it." In the balance of the book, Hampl examines the autobiographical writings of St. Augustine, Anne Frank, Sylvia Plath, Edith Stein, and Czeslaw Milosz. In each instance, she attempts to uncover the writer's intentions and reveal the true secrets that lurk in the shadows of what's on the page. I Could Tell You Stories is an excellent investigation into what makes a story essentially worthy of being told and ultimately read--a good companion to whatever book is currently in your hands. --Jordana Moskowitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Patricia Hampl is both, and we are the richer for it. This collection of essays attempts to explain the art, depth, breadth, fact vs fiction, role of memory, and the allure of the memoir. Hampl shows and explains how it's possible to create a narrative arc within the genre of memoir writing from the most commonplace and seemingly mundane occurrences.
Superb book written thoughtfully, quietly, lingeringly - meant to be savored, not gulped down all at once.
It tells you about memoir and memory and shows you, actively, of Hampl's writing journey and then illustrates through her essays.
Her description of "re-vision"... literally revisiting the "scene" in one's memory and her description of memoir writing as "travel writing" -- notes taken along the way -- give you a flavor of Hampl's unique fingerprint.
Read and study this one if you are at all interested in writing and actively reading memoir.
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This is a great book and easy to understand and apply. Thanks Patricia.Published 4 months ago by Annie Freewriter
An uneven collection of thoughtful, beautifully written pieces on storytelling, particularly memoir.Published 9 months ago by S. Donohue
Patricia's writing is beautiful. She is a model of good writing.Published 16 months ago by gofigure
I had to read this book for my comps in Creative Nonfiction. Compared to other writers (Didion, Dillard, Tobius Wolff, Eisley, Mairs) required for my major, I find Hampl's prose to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rose A. Goergen
Essays on spiritual topics, reviews of books of interest to Christians. Each essay wrestles with an aspect of living as a Christian in today's world.Published on December 12, 2013 by Gary A. Grelli
An excellent reminder of how culture is shaped by the stories that we tell about the things that we recall.Published on September 4, 2013 by Timothy Hall, Ph.D.(c)