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The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life

The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life

by Mary Helen Stefaniak
The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life

The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life

by Mary Helen Stefaniak

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Overview

This collection of short essays delivers more joy than many books twice its size. Culled from two decades’ worth of Mary Helen Stefaniak’s “Alive and Well” column in the Iowa Source, each essay invites readers into the ordinary life of a woman “with a family and friends and a job . . . and a series of cats and a history living in one old house after another at the turn of the twenty-first century in the middle of the Middle West.” One great aunt presides over nineteen acres of pecan grove profitably strewn with junk. A borrowed hammer rings with the sound of immortality. Famous poets pipe up where you least expect them. Living and dying are found to be two sides of the same remarkable coin.

What’s more, writing prompts at the end of the book invite readers to search their own lives for such moments—the kind that could be forgotten but instead are turned, by the gift of perspective and perfectly chosen detail, into treasure. The Six-Minute Memoir encourages people to tell their own stories even if they think they don’t have the kind of story that belongs in a memoir.
 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609388515
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 10/25/2022
Series: Bur Oak Book
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mary Helen Stefaniak is author of Self Storage and Other Stories. She is professor emerita of creative writing at Creighton University, and teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University. Stefaniak lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

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