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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo Roads Press (March 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985055944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985055943
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rarely does a book carve out a unique place for itself within the hallowed
halls of writerly advice and wisdom, yet Ms. Henriksen has fearlessly
stepped into uncharted, original waters with TellTale Souls Writing the
Mother Memoir. Not only is this a book for me to recommend to the many
people interested in writing their own story, but one to keep on my desk as
a reference tool to inspire my writing moments. TellTale Souls brings to
mind both Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and Walking on Water by
Madeleine L'Engle. It is destined to be one of the classics required to
complete the journey for writing the truth and writing it well. I've
discovered a new favorite that incorporates all the aspects of writing I
trust and believe in-spirituality, memory, passion, and the power of story!"

-River Jordan, author of Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human
Spirit

"TellTale Souls is an inspired guide for those who want to explore the
loving but complex emotional terrain that exists with our mothers. With
gentle encouragement, Henriksen invites us to journey into our pasts,
skillfully laying bare the nature of memory itself. An eloquent exploration
of creativity and memory for writers and non-writers alike."

-Zoe FitzGerald Carter, author of Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Story of
Love, Loss and Letting Go

"'Emotional memory' is as universal as mothers. Lynn Henriksen helps writers
and would-be writers explore the far reaches of their emotional memories
along with the more tangible, sensory memories to create stories, essays or
poetry. In her beautifully designed and organized "how-to write a powerful
memoir" book, she artfully guides the writer through the dark mazes of the
heart, illuminating them with the power of the imagination."

-Talia Carner, author of Jerusalem Maiden, China Doll, and Puppet Child

"Memoir is tricky business. It requires allegiance to the truth and, at the
same time, the ability to craft a compelling story. Questions arise: How to
access memory? What is important? What about sequencing? Where it the
borderline of fiction? Through TellTale Souls Writing. Lynn Henriksen
dissects the idea of memoir into its many invisible parts and shows us a
framework for making it all come together. She gives activities, prompts,
examples and if we worry the process is becoming too mechanical, passes
along advice as to how to go about accessing the deepest spiritual truths.
In the end, and with her guidance, we might not only make literature out of
memory but be blessed with unexpected enrichments of spirit."

-H. David Watts, M.D., author of Bedside Manners and The Orange Wire Problem
and Other Tales from the Doctor's Office

"Every writer should read this book, as its combination of the spiritual and
the practical transcends other memoir writing guides. The gifted Lynn, a
lyrical, perceptive writer and teacher, brings incisive advice and technique
together with true stories for a carefully devised, matchless performance,
in which the reader will play a major part. I wish I had read TellTale Souls
years ago; it would have saved me a lot of trouble. It is a tour de force
and bound to become a classic."

-Ann Seymour, author of I've Always Loved You: A True Story of WW2 in the
Pacific battlefields, in California, and in the Imperial Palace, Tokyo


"'To run after a shadow and learn to describe it...' For those of us who
long to capture our mothers' spirits in words (and who among us
doesn't?)-that's exactly how writing a mother memoir feels. Happily, we have
a mentor and companion in Lynn Cook Henriksen's TellTale Souls. Part can-do,
part how-to, this book leads us along a writer's path rich with prompts and
exercises, hints and watchwords. Inspirational sources illuminate every step
of the way with illustrative vignettes written by all kinds of people about
all kinds of moms. Their stories trigger ours. Through guided exploration,
we discover (and chronicle!) the depths and truths of our mothers' lives."

-Amanda McTigue, author of Going to Solace

"In five tenderhearted acts, Lynn Cook Henriksen creates a stage from real
life, a theater in the round centered around our mothers, and guides us in
an open ended approach to write a lasting impression of Mother through
story. Along the way we are delightfully instructed through a sampling of
authentic and unforgettable memoirs, vignettes, and poems. Henriksen is
encouraging, never dictating, and suggests a variety of techniques and
exercises to bring our own memories of Mother into an enduring literary
form."

-Kate Farrell, editor of Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter's Memories of
Mother

"As caring a writer as she is a daughter, author and speaker, Lynn Henriksen
has developed a matchless method to help every daughter and son keep their
recollections of mother vivid and fresh through Writing the Mother Memoir.
Her brilliant technique, explained in clear and compassionate terms and
alive with true stories, is simple to follow even if one is not a writer by
trade. I highly recommend this guidebook."

-Patricia V. Davis, bestselling author

"Tell Tale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir is a gentle guide that invites
you to explore the terrain of mother-child relationships, a journey of
wisdom, courage, and heart. In every chapter you'll discover tips and
techniques that invite you to breathe life into stories about your mother
and times gone by. This book is a true memoir writer's companion."

-Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., author of The Power of Memoir, How to Write Your
Healing Story

"I could absolutely see this being part of a Reading List in a memoir workshop at a college or university. And the Mother Stories included by other writers serve as excellent examples. The layout was also engaging - prompts blocked off in boxes, etc., are visually engaging for a reader." -- Writer's Digest Review

About the Author

Lynn Cook Henriksen, aka The Story Woman, discovered a profound way to keep our mothers’ spirits alive after witnessing Alzheimer’s disease ravage her mother’s mind. She has helped scores of daughters and sons capture in brief memoirs the memories and feelings they never thought they could record. An intuitive leader and writing coach of story salons and workshops, Lynn knows tapping memory and learning to write with honesty about intimate, often trying, relationships is the most valuable form of writing. To demystify writing memoir and make the journey more available, she wrote the guidebook: TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory & Write Your Story Capturing Character and Spirit. The tears, laughter, unique voices, and thank-yous from the spirited writers she has come to know will forever reside in Lynn's heart and soul. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

More About the Author

Lynn Cook Henriksen is all about "Keeping Spirits Alive." She discovered a profound way to keep our mothers' spirits alive after witnessing Alzheimer's disease ravage her mother's mind. She has helped hundreds of daughters and sons capture in brief memoirs the memories and feelings they never thought they could record; for that they christened her The Story Woman and a blog was born.

An intuitive leader and writing coach of story salons and workshops, Lynn knows tapping memory and learning to write with honesty about intimate, often trying, relationships is the most valuable form of writing. To demystify writing memoir and make the journey more available, she wrote the guidebook: TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory & Write Your Story Capturing Character and Spirit.

The tears, laughter, unique voices, and thank-yous from the spirited writers she has come to know will forever reside in Lynn's heart and soul. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Second, it is an excellent primer for demystifying and writing the memoir.
Carol A. Costello
TellTale Souls is a two-in-one book: first, a great how-to in writing a memoir, or short stories, about the bond with our moms, good or bad.
P. Wight
I fervently hope that she will continue this venture and promise you that these stories will touch you as well!
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It was a rather different version of writing memoirs. I enjoyed it but wouldn't rate it 5 stars. Worth reading however.
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This is a rich and enriching book, on many levels. First, it helps readers explore and heal their relationships with their mothers--a deep, and often tricky, connection. The author is a generous, skilled, compassionate, and experienced guide on this journey of accessing memories and opening up to oneself. Second, it is an excellent primer for demystifying and writing the memoir. Powerful exercises help readers master a variety of literary techniques, including the bio-vignette form. Third, the book contains a wealth of stories about mothers that reach to the heart of this unique relationship. These shared moments illustrate all the literary and psychological principles encompassed in the book, and inspired me to write some of my own. A must read for anyone interested in the memoir form, or in enhancing their relationship with "mother."
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Lynn's book is really two books in one. I read all the beautiful stories first. Each one took me into the heart and soul of each precious woman. Each brought tears or laughter and took me into deep reflection. After I read the stories, I went back to the writing tips that carefully moved me through my own writing experience. I have had so much fun with this book, especially when a group of my special friends got together and shared our thoughts and memories that each story elicits-add lunch and a glass of wine and the moments together will never be forgotten. I can't get enough of this book! When I find quiet moments in my busy life, I pick up the book and read them again. "Writing the Mother Memoir"is a celebration of women and sisterhood. It is a gift to us all.
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By will wilkinson on August 8, 2012
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Telltale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir is a treasure for anyone who seeks direction in writing a Mother Memoir. Presented in an easy to follow fashion, the book flows and carries the reader on a journey of rediscovery. It is clear to see that Lynn Cook Henriksen has devoted her heart and soul to this subject as the entire read is like a gentle Mother's caress of love and ultimate possibility. I highly recommend this beautiful endearing book. You will not be disappointed. Lynn's wisdom combined with her down-to-earth, can-do approach is all empowering-ultimately satisfying. Superb.
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TellTale Souls: Writing the Mother Memoir is a book I have been slowly reading over the past month and enjoying its richness and the examples of mother stories using her techniques.

It's on such an important topic: the attachment bond to your mother and how best to write that
relationship and also capture what is most important about your mother. Jung once said that with every child born the mother will experience deep grief, consciously or unconsciously, that they will provide for that child more than they ever received. The grief, of course, is not for what they will give but for their own deprivation with which they have struggled. In this context, we set up the beginnings of any memoir and only hope we can express our feelings and appreciations deeply enough.

Author Lynn Henriksen book is full of exercises and examples of how to plumb memories of your mother and to explore what made your mother feel most alive. She asks us to explore self-knowing and to develop more knowledge of our mothers through these exercises. Henriksen shows how to write about unique people in a unique relationship. It helps us tell the truth and, at the same time, validate our mothers. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants professional guidance in Salt and Paper: 65 Candlesmemoir writing.

Janell Moon, counselor, author and editor of memoir
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