Legacy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Personal History

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In this practical guide to capturing those memories that have been stored away, Linda Spence provides the questions that are the keys to unlocking the memories that make up a life. Beyond the vital statistics are the personal stories that tell what it was like, what we did, and why we did it, how we feel about our choices, and what our circumstances were. Through encouraging coaching, shared memories, and open-ended questions, the process of producing a personal history becomes intriguing and engaging. With ...
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Overview

In this practical guide to capturing those memories that have been stored away, Linda Spence provides the questions that are the keys to unlocking the memories that make up a life. Beyond the vital statistics are the personal stories that tell what it was like, what we did, and why we did it, how we feel about our choices, and what our circumstances were. Through encouraging coaching, shared memories, and open-ended questions, the process of producing a personal history becomes intriguing and engaging. With Legacy the possibilities expand: a personal record is preserved—with its myths, traditions, joys, pains, gains, and losses; a family opens a potential dialogue that will last for generations; the writer has an opportunity for insight and resolution; the culture of a time and place is noted; the tradition of personal story is revitalized, and our present and future find nourishment and knowledge in the past. Either as a gift that can act as a shared experience as the memories are recounted or as a personal way to take account of one’s experiences, often long since forgotten, Legacy is indeed a way to get one’s story down. Linda Spence writes and collects Legacy stories in Mill Valley, California, where she lives and works as a consultant.
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Aiming to prod the story out of the writer, writing consultant Spence has designed a book of questions and quotes that goes deeply into the hows and whys of the writer's life. The questions are well written and divided by time period, from earliest memories of childhood to life as seen from the vantage point of old age. People will probably want to own and spend time with this book because the project it proposes will take longer than a three-week checkout, but it would do well in libraries where patrons are interested in genealogy or local history as a springboard to getting people to talk about the past. It also has great potential for people working with nursing-home patients. Recommended.Lisa J. Cihlar, Winfield P.L., Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804010030
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 155
  • Sales rank: 385,528
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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Linda Spence writes and collects Legacy stories in Mill Valley, California, where she lives and works as a consultant.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    Initially intrigued, then disappointed

    Alas, while it has a catchy title and good graphics design, this book is not, as the publisher claims, a step by step guide to writing a family history, at least in my opinion. I found it to be more like a Freshman 101 writing class. You know, probe your innermost thoughts and go back to the days when... One thing I found downright annoying was the lack of relationship between the photographs and the text. The pictures were apparently chosen to set a mood rather than inform (the families who loaned them did get credit up front). All in all, Legacy was a disappointment. If you really want a step by step guide to writing a family history, check out the Dummies book. It stresses the importance of such present day realitites as word processors and the Internet for research, etc., etc., which this book does not.

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