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How to Write Your Autobiography: Preserving Your Family Heritage Paperback – March, 1977


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbridge Press Publishing Company (March 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912800380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912800387
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Galen Neher (gneher@aol.com) on November 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
After a short intro on why one should write an autobiography and some general suggestions, most of the rest of the book is groups (by topic) of questions that, when answered, will result in your autobiography. A quick look through the book left me thinking "I can do that". It takes a very big project (especially for us non-writers) and breaks it into small bit sized pieces. My 84 year old father has started on his autobiography - something he never would have done without this gem of a book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I purchased this as a gift for my grandmother. When I visit she always tells me lovely and amusing stories of years past. With this book she is able to jot them down in order, or when her hands are tired she can just recite them into a tape recorder. She loves the book and was pleased to know how interesting I, and to find out, everyone, all find her life and how we want to preserve it. The older generation is among the wisest and it's nice to have a personal reference book to look upon. Everyone else in the family are now requesting copies and I haven't been able to locate it at any stores. With so many people to buy for the price is perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on April 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I recommend How to Write Your Autobiography for anyone interested in preserving their family heritage. In it she poses questions to trigger your memories and your writing. They are arranged and grouped in a logical way, so you can progress through your life memories and get them onto paper. You don't write in the book, but she suggests numbering your pages as you write to keep it in sequence.

For the young adult years, she asks questions like these:

Whey you reached your young adult years, did you see changes in your family's way of life from the time when you were little?
How did those changes affect the family?
Were there modern conveniences added by your family by this time?
What trends did you see like people moving to the cities or away from the cities or other influences?

This gives you an idea of the topics. There are questions to trigger memories of favorite childhood games, chores from childhood and childhood illnesses. The question format will draw out memories that you might otherwise forget to include in your memoir.

The book includes a place for a family tree and also a section on how to bind your autobiography if you aren't getting it printed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lou on June 9, 2012
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This book is out of print and I am glad I got a copy. Very helpful to use while interviewing someone about their life story.
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this book was just what I was looking for. Though it is out-of-print, it is the perfect little book to get you started on really writing your autobiography. It's simple and straight to the point. Get the book, buy the pens and paper and you are there.
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