From the author of On Hearing of My Mother's Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter's Memoir of Mental Illness, Stories from My Memory-Shelf is the story of my life told in short fiction and essays. Features author commentary on the real-life events that inspired the stories.
"Girl in Pink, Seeing Red"Never mess with a little girl's best friend - even if she is dressed all in pink.
"Two Fathers""He is clasping my hand and leading me down the street to the local bar; propping me up on a barstool so all his friends can see, can joke with me and about me while I twirl about on the red vinyl, tall and proud to be out with Daddy."
"Yellow Wagon"A young girl walks to school alone - is she being stalked?
"The Second Grade"Because everything's a first when you're in the second grade.
"Twilight""She was strong, she was beautiful, she was graceful. Even if it was only in twilight that it showed."
"Past and Present"" 'It was lucky I forgot my keys,' her mother was saying. 'I came back and found you lying in a pool of blood.' "
"Haunted""Large for my age, prideful of my tomboyhood, and self-assured in my paranormal incredulity, it was I who braved the deep, I, even, who had relayed the tale of the enigmatic contents of the newspaper room following my first venture there, and inadvertently set the neighborhood to wondering what horrors might be lurking at its bottom."
"Goat"" 'What's the matter, Sutton?' Mr. Jenkins inquired. 'Schneider get your goat?'There was a momentous silent pause followed by the audible snap of thirty heads whipping around in unison towards the mortified young girl and the shamelessly grinning boy who had yanked on her ponytail until she'd finally shouted at him to quit it."
"Fallen Ideal""I didn't think I wanted to get married. But now I wonder who will take me to the bathroom when I'm too old to stand."
"Deep-Water Girl""Go on, deep-water girl! Keep on lookin' for that deep water! You won't never find it!"
"Rest Stop""He approached her, thumbs tucked into the pockets of his own full-length dungarees, evidently immune to the heat.'Say, that's an expensive trip,' he observed. 'You, uh - you got enough money to get there?' "
"Found Money""It was something, wasn't it? Finding five dollars. Not a matter of life or death, maybe. Not just yet."
"Heads of the Line""Each job had its own rhythm. Scrape, scrape, scrape. Thunk; thunk; thunk. It was such a persuasive rhythm that sometimes you even forgot that it was a part of the job. Like that unfortunate header from last season..."
"Fog Line""He raised his flashlight and looked her over, as they always did, comparing the image on the out-of-state license to the young woman in the rusty van that pre-dated her by a decade."
"Jackson, Mississippi"Essay on finally understanding how it must feel to be black in a largely white world.
"Baby and Me""Our best friends were having a baby. Inwardly, I groaned."
"Funeral for Charlie""Charlie was dead, and the circumstances were more than a little fishy..."
"Dead in the Water""She hung suspended, gazing up at the sky, the sun, the surface, at the cord entangling her foot. It was too late. She would drown; she would die there beneath the water, ten feet away from the people who loved her."
"Scars""Youth does not have a fair picture of itself... It is only with the perspective of years that we begin to see our lives in patterns, in great sweeping arcs that promise, if we examine them closely, to reveal to us something of ourselves, something of who we were, something of who we have become. Something of who we will become."
This LARGE PRINT edition of Stories from My Memory-Shelf is printed in 20-point font.
What stories are on YOUR memory-shelf?
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About the Author
Lori Schafer is a writer of serious prose and humorous erotica and romance. Her flash fiction, short stories, and essays have appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her first two books were published in November 2014. On Hearing of My Mother's Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter's Memoir of Mental Illness commemorates Lori's terrifying adolescent experience of her mother's psychosis, while Stories from My Memory-Shelf: Fiction and Essays from My Past is an autobiographical collection featuring stories and essays inspired by other events from Lori's own life. In the summer of 2014, Lori began work on a second memoir, The Long Road Home, during the course of a two-month-long journey across the United States and Canada. She anticipates that it will be ready for publication in 2016.
Lori's first two novels, My Life with Michael: A Novel of Sex, Beer and Middle Age and Just the Three of Us: An Erotic Romantic Comedy for the Commitment-Challenged, were released early in 2015. She is currently at work on a third novel, a sequel to Just the Three of Us. When she isn't writing (which isn't often), Lori enjoys playing ice hockey, attending beer festivals, and spending long afternoons reading at the beach in the sunshine.
For further information on Lori's upcoming projects, please visit her website at http://lorilschafer.com, where you may subscribe to her newsletter or follow her blog. You are also welcome to email her directly at lorilschafer(at)outlook(dot)com.
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Memories - everyone has them. They're like snapshots stored in that special, secret place in the back of the brain. When resurrected, they create a mosaic of one's life, much like a traditional patchwork quilt. There is that first day walking to school on your own and knowing that Mom is trailing behind in the car to make sure of your safe arrival; the school bully who picks up a name like 'Goat' and somehow attaches it to you, repetitively calling you that loathsome name until you can accept it and wear it as a badge of honor; the moment in the spotlight, when you can show off and shine like a star figure skater, even if it's only at night under that one special streetlight - and much more. Author Lori Schafer invites the reader to take a trip down Memory Lane as she shares some of her treasured memories in Stories from My Memory-Shelf. She's put together a collage of sorts, an interesting collection of memoirs written in short story, anecdotal fashion. The stories are not necessarily chronological, but then again, when one remembers a special moment, there is no chronological significance to what one remembers and when it is remembered. The author has also constructed a notebook with some interesting tools to help the would-be memoir writer explore and write their own memoirs. After some of the stories, Lori takes the reader on a journey of how the story progressed, from its first written form, to its first published form, and all the criticism and editing that went on between writing and publishing. She argues constructively about some of the editorial comments and defends the form of the story that she has chosen to use in this book. This is an interesting read, if somewhat convoluted at times as the author deconstructs the process of each story's construction.