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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble; First Edition edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760733465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760733462
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on April 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think a more apt title for this book would be "Collecting data before writing your Autobiography". It provides questions, checklists - ideas for inspiration and small areas to write - but it doesn't deliver what the title infers.

What it does do is break your life into several chunks by age - and then after "Coming of Age" and "Coming into Your Own" is the most excellent chapter - "Self Realization" and then it ends.

Childhood and Adolescence are each as long as "the rest of your life" - which disappointed me and made me wonder about the age of the author.

I would have liked to have seen more inspiration for the writing itself - and some basic tidbits about the writing process. To its credit, the book suggests three different methods for gleaning details of your life - and then it stops.

It is like a meal that is missing the main course.

The salad is there, there is a side dish - maybe even a roll or two - but the main course is missing. Your stomach is still growling and you are being ushered out the door. The salad may have been tasty and the side dish savory and yet... there is still something missing.

I appreciate the attempt - and hope this one is fleshed out more on a revised edition.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is useful to begin to collect your life stories. A memoir or an autobiography can be a daunting task, yet even a single story can be a valuable legacy for a child or grandchild. I know this to be true from work in end-of-life care. This book poses questions for reflections that can support personal life review and meaning making in the second half of life. I will select single questions for use in a writer's group in which we are capturing vignettes that represent our life journeys and for my work with Sage-ing(r) I recommend Zalman Schachter's book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing for wonderful processes for more indepth life review, life repair work, and proactive aging.From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older
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By S. Kleb on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I gave this book to my mom to record some of her memories for the kids and grandkids to have. Great book! Company was excellent to work with. Received it in record time.
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By Richard C Krier on December 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bought several. I have tried other books on the same subject. This one is the best
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SFBA1 on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've always wanted to write a memoir, and this book gave me practical techniques for making that happen. The questions and techniques for jolting your memory really worked to get the stories flowing. The book was also full of useful advice for fleshing out those stories with interesting details and organizing them into a coherent and readable book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has a story to tell but doesn't know how to get started.
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