LIFEWRITING BLOG Category

Memoirs of Recovery from Mental Illness

(1) Mad Like Me by Merryl Hammond (2) A Schizophrenic Will. A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope.  by William Jiang (3) My Schizophrenia by John Gunter (4) Surviving Schizophrenia by Richard Carlson (5) My Mental Madness Memoir by Stephanie Anne Allen (6) Same Time Next Week, True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness […]

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Holocaust Memoirs

1. The Choice by Edith Eger    2.   The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank   3.  Man’s Search  for Meaning by Viktor Frankl   4. Five Chimneys. A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel   5.  In The Hell of Auschwitz. The Wartime Memoirs of Judith Sternberg Newman […]

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Do you have a story to tell?

San Diego Memoir Writers Association is a community of local writers committed to the craft and business of memoir writing.  Our purpose is to create a community of inspired, nurtured, and educated memoirists. One of the ways in which we do this is by hosting monthly member meetings with speakers who educate our writers on both […]

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HAVE A LITTLE FAITH

I just read Mitch Albom’s recent nonfiction memoir, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH about an African American and a Jew. What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together? In “Have a Little Faith,” Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds–two men, two […]

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Quotes about Reading, Writing, and Storytelling

Reading offers us opportunities to travel, moving our eyes without moving our feet.—John Raphael Staude “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” — Mortimer J. Adler Reading offers the unique power to transport […]

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This is the Age of the Memoir

In the Introduction to his book on Memoir writing entitled Inventing the Truth Willam Zinser observed that: “This is the age of the memoir. Never have personal narratives gushed so profusely from the American soil as in the closing decade of the twentieth century. Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone is telling it. […]

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The Joys of Traveling

Since this blog is going to be about travel experiences and related subjects, I want to quote these three paragraphs from the first chapter in Frances Mayes book A Year in the World: “The urge to travel feels magnetic. Two of my favorite words are linked: departure time. And travel whets the emotions, turns upside […]

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Adventures of a Traveling Ex-Pat Teacher in Europe

INTRODUCTION. I’m a former college teacher, artist, and a confirmed Europhile. Having been invited to teach in Europe in the early seventies, I left the University in Berkeley, California, which is my alma mater, to teach history and sociology on US military bases in Germany, having no idea that my teaching career would keep me […]

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