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By better understanding how life stories are built, this work suggests, people may be able to alter their own narrative,in small ways and perhaps large ones..." ~ Benedict Carey, Science section, The New York Times"This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved.
In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage." ~ Ellen Goodman, (Boston Globe via Deseret News, 4-12-02)"Memory revises itself endlessly.
What could there possibly be beyond the happy-go-lucky guy who so effortlessly charms everyone? I mean, ever." And the process has been something of a revelation for Wallace himself.
"I started out on this project, viewing it as a way to leave something for my children.
I started out the way I was raised, in the old-time mountain style, and Ive never wavered from it. I think that means a whole lot to the audience the people knows exactly what to expect. As everyone has said, something happens in that booth, where your very private thoughts that rumble around in your head and your memories suddenly come forth, and the voice that Dave just talked about, thats your soul.
(this section has its own table of contents)(in several categories: Writing personal and family histories, Memoir writing as discovery, Memoirs, healing and self-understanding, Memoirs from writing prompts, Anthologies, The art and craft of memoir and biography)Everyone has a story to tell but many of us need help telling it or finding the time to record, collect, and edit the stories of other family members.Paula Stallings Yost and Pat Mc Nees, with a foreword by Rick Bragg (.95). Spanning more than a century, these intriguing reflections of personal as well as global social and political history are told in the unique voice and viewpoint of each storyteller." ~ Susan Wittig Albert, author, Writing from Life, founder, Story Circle Network This anthology sings with Walt Whitmans spirit of democracy, a celebration of our diversity. "I think when we dont speak things out loud, when they stay inside of us, they take on a different meaning. I think when we speak and hear our own words out loud and remember things behind the words and the feelings, it takes on a different meaning.Each selection is a song of self; some have perfect pitch, some the waver of authenticity. a family knows itself to be a family through its shared stories." ~ Daniel Taylor, in The Healing Power of Stories"A friend took me to Story Corps as a gift, as a surprise. So I thought I was going into I had no idea what I was going in to do. So I became not only a speaker, but also the listener, of my own words.I was honour-bound really to dig deep and bring memories, perhaps, that had been suppressed for a long time, that I would have preferred, perhaps, to remain in the sediment of my life.But having done that and having got through this process, I now feel so much better. And I'm advising everyone I meet, all of my friends and everybody - people in the street, 'Write your own book.' Whether you publish it or not, it feels really good." ~ from Katie Couric's interview with the musician Sting, about his book Broken Music Ultimately, memoir writing is about giving a piece of oneself to history.Going Home Again (David Brooks, NY Times, 3-20-14)."Most of us have an urge, maybe more as we age, to circle back to the past and touch the places and things of childhood. Songs exploded from his head.""If you want to keep a memory as is, you carve it into a story.We remember a vivid person, a remark, a sight that was unexpected, an occasion on which we felt something profoundly. We become more exalted in our memories than we actually were, or less so.The interior stories we tell about ourselves rarely agree with the truth.by Paula Stallings Yost and Pat Mc Nees, with a foreword by Rick Bragg, a great gift for that person whose life stories should be recorded or told but who keeps saying, "Who cares what happened in my life?" Read excerpts here and order here to order directly from APH.