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The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

This book is an amazing way to have a grandparent's life revealed to others.

I had my grandmother fill this book out for me, about 10 years ago. She recently passed away; the grandchildren gathered together (using the book) and we formatted her eulogy using her own words. We knew her happiest moments and saddest. We knew the things she loved....
I had my grandmother fill this book out for me, about 10 years ago. She recently passed away; the grandchildren gathered together (using the book) and we formatted her eulogy using her own words. We knew her happiest moments and saddest. We knew the things she loved. We were able to share my grandmother in a very deep way that touched everyone in a way I've never seen at a funeral. No one spoke for my grandmother; she spoke for herself. Her words (thanks to this book) was a true and endearing testiment to her life.

posted by 2032966 on October 9, 2009

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20 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Old and Happy Families ONLY

I bought this because I thought it'd be nice to have for my children and grandchildren someday. I thought I would fill in all my information and memories. Like my full name, best memory, childhood pets, saddest moment, biggest regret, etc. It's not like that at all. E...
I bought this because I thought it'd be nice to have for my children and grandchildren someday. I thought I would fill in all my information and memories. Like my full name, best memory, childhood pets, saddest moment, biggest regret, etc. It's not like that at all. Each "Question" gives you a page to write an answer. A young person can not answer most of the questions. "When I was younger..." refers to their 20s. And it's not for people with broken families. "What I love most about my mother/father". "How I liked to entertain my friends/guests". "What I think my grandchildren will accomplish in life". If you've had a sad childhood and a broken home than this book is not for you. This is 100% disappointing to me.

posted by 4000319 on January 31, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2011

    Can be very helpful - especially for less-than-perfect childhoods

    I can't say I love the questions in this book, but I'm finding that they are helping me deal with emotional issues stemming from my childhood and helping me come to terms with the imperfections. It's not as much something I'm doing for my children as it is for myself. I'm trying to answer a question each day and while not always easy, it is helping remember things that were long forgotten - both good and bad. Not too many people want to remember a time when they got into trouble with their parents (one or both), but maybe it will give them some insight into their parents or themselves that they can use in their own life or see a parallel. For those people who are giving the book bad reviews, maybe they should look at it from a different perspective. It can be self-healing.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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