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Posted July 5, 2008
This book was highlighted by AARP and the article prompted me to purchase it. The 100 pages of text left me feeling as it I had just gained a new friend. It is as open and candid as the discussions that one might have on a long distance flight or train trip with a person in the next seat. I purchased the book to gain insight into writing a memoir, but found I was annoyed by the writing assignments that were interjected at frequent intervals in bold type. Finally I stop reading the suggested assignments and settled into the narrative. The book is a sort of journal, but has the underlying motive of inspiring the reader to write their own thoughts to help determine who they are and where they are in their life. Abigail Thomas is a person I think I would like having as a friend and neighbor with whom I would enjoy sharing a cup of coffee or glass of tea while sitting on the deck on a summer's day. I know her suggested assignments are still there for me to reference in the future.
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Posted April 8, 2009
First Mine for gold, then Write Memoir
Great things come in small packages, so Abigail Thomas gets kudos for a job well done. She is honest, funny, and tells on herself, which, I believe, is the best way to teach.
Thomas' rambling style of instruction isn't so much about technique as it is about giving us stimulating exercises that sometimes seem to come out of nowhere, but result in remarkable insight on how to write memoir well.
The guide, at just 108 pages, is so packed with activities that a writing instructor could use it for a semester-long course and still not exhausted all of Thomas' unique ideas. Let's suffice it to say she's a delightful task master. From the beginning when she asks us to write three word sentences so we have nowhere to hide and our writing won't take up extra space to asking us to write two pages of what we don't remember sheds a lot of light on her brand of Thinking about Memoir.
If we aren't afraid to dig deep, zero in on details, write an honest account, make a habit out of writing, and learn to invent our own structure, this book is a gold mine.
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Posted March 31, 2008
I really loved this book --- Ms. Thomas writes with such depth, charm, and humor. She makes one truly want to buy a diary and start writing ---- two pages on various topics. This is an excellent read ---and it makes you think about your life --- before and what's ahead.
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Posted May 29, 2011
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