From the Author
Memoirs are special. As I discuss in my book, and as you may discover in the process of writing your memoir, there is something profoundly revelatory in exploring a life to the depth that's required to write about it. I make a case in the very first chapter that any honest memoir does just this. A memoir is an exploration. And each memoir I've worked on has been illuminating in its own unique way. I suppose that's not surprising; every memoir is unique because every life is unique.
It's the exploration that's the key. In the book, I talk about the objectivity and self-awareness true exploration requires. Good memoirs help generate self-awareness,which, in turn, makes good memoirs. Poor memoirs lack this quality. Poor memoirs are often superficial and self-absorbed and egotistical. Unfortunately,there are too many of this kind of memoir. "Here, let me tell you how interesting I am." No, thanks. If that's your idea of a memoir, you're probably not going to get much out of my book. A good memoir won't be about you. It'll be about your reader. That's what exploration does. It uncovers that which links us to the human condition. This book is about that link and, therefore, about your connection to the reader.