Lifesaving: A Memoir / Edition 1

Lifesaving: A Memoir / Edition 1

by Judith Barrington
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The Eighth Mountain Press


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Lifesaving: A Memoir / Edition 1

New edition of the successful Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington, published originally in 1997, now in its 3rd printing with 18,000 copies in print. Acclaimed writing teacher Judith Barrington has updated her lively and encouraging book aimed at those aspiring to the highest literary standards, but useful, also, to those who want to record stories for family and friends. Topics include: finding form, telling the truth, using fictional techniques, developing sensory detail, writing about living people, placing a personal story in a larger context. Detailed writing exercises in each chapter; legal issues pertaining to memoir are explained in appendix.

Author Biography: Judith Barrington is author of Lifesaving: A Memoir (2000) and three volumes of poetry, Trying to Be an Honest Woman (1985), History and Geography (1989) and Horses and the Human Soul (forthcoming from Storyline Press 2002).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900933377447
Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Edition description: 1 AMER ED
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

INo Escape27
The Road to Perelada39
The Initiation55
Paco's Mother65
Senor Serra's Romance75
Dream Time101
Sleeping Around109
El Cordobes125
The Rain in Spain139
IIMaking Waves149

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I read this straight through almost without stopping. It's beautifully written and is both sad and funny in parts. The author describes her reaction to the tragic deaths of her parents when she was 19 and sticks to this theme, even when it means jumping ahead by many years to show how she later resolved her feelings. Most of the book takes place during the three years when she lived and worked in Spain after the accident that killed her parents. This part is vivid and pulls you right into the time and place. You get the sense of a young woman trying to grow up but also letting loose with wild and reckless behavior while very lonely and sad underneath. There are great stories, some quite funny, about the people she got to know as well as subtle moments that show how bereft she felt, even though she wasn't yet ready to acknowledge the loss. This is a very true description of how we react to sudden loss, particularly when we are young. In the later parts of the book, she describes gradually coming to terms with the event and goes to visit the graves of her parents. Finally, in the last chapter, she really tackles it head on. This chapter is one of the most true and moving pieces of writing I've ever read. read.