A new approach to family and personal memoirs that includes many creative formats. Memoir Your Way inspires family storykeepers to create a memoir using a craft you already know or are inspired to learn to create a personal, polished memoir your family will treasure. Accessible and with broad appeal, this first-of-its-kind book extends the written memoir form to cookbooks, scrapbooks, quilts, and other forms of storytelling. Readers of Memoir Your Way will find out how to: Create your own family cookbook like a pro Design, stitch, and create stunning quilts that preserve family memories for the next generation and create a cherished gift Bring out the natural storyteller in children while building self-confidence and a sense of family Write engaging family stories with proven writing tips Enrich scrapbooks with stories that might otherwise be overlooked and techniques that showcase even the memories that weren't preserved in photographs Turn your story into a graphic novel with hand-drawn illustrations Become the bridge for your heritage between the old world and the new Memoir Your Way makes memoir accessible to everyone, including those who don't see themselves as writers. Memoir Your Way is a valuable sourcebook for quickly and easily creating memoirs that celebrate family stories and ancestry.
As folks draw nearer to their life expectancy, they begin to reflect on the meaning of their lives. There were events painful to recall, goals missed, or goals just not set, but there are no "do-overs". From the vantage point of a long life, an overview shows it has been a great adventure, which led to the far side of Africa for nearly 30 years. Some good and meaningful things happened. What? When? And, with what results? A new longing for adventure came into focus through the chronicling of nearly 80 his years. A new challenge was born-to write it down for others to read, especially his own children and scattered friends. But would anyone really be interested? That in itself became the challenge to write, and a new thirst for adventure. But doubts flooded in: "Is my adventure of life good enough to write about? Who would want to read it?" Even when the process was begun, nagging doubts crept into the corner of the brain: "You can't write it. You'll never finish it?" After starting in secret, the feeling of inferiority kept saying, "You'll never finish it." But he did, and bringing this adventure to a successful conclusion was a victory.
From Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, and star of the award-winning film Hidden Figures, comes an inspiring and funny memoir—“a bona fide hit” (Essence)—about family, friends, the hustle required to make it in Hollywood, and the joy of living your own truth. With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Katherine, the NASA mathematician, Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, Taraji P. Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life’s challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both at home and on DC’s volatile streets. Here, too, she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor’s memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and how she chipped away, with one small role after another, at Hollywood's resistance to give women, particularly women of color, meaty significant roles. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor’s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams in this “inspiring account of overcoming adversity and a quest for self-discovery, written with vitality and enthusiasm” (Shelf Awareness).
A highly personal account of a Pacific Northwest rural childhood during the Great Depression and World War II in Pacific County, bordered by both the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean, where had come earlier the Keil Colony to establish their Commune in Menlo. Children of loggers, fisherfolk and farmers attending the Willapa Valley School in the mile-wide Willapa Valley named for a Chinookan language Native American tribe, gone except in bloodlines of descendants of some earlier immigrants. Families living ordinary risks of dangerous work in a distressed economy, followed by threat of invasion. Where neighbors longer in residence distrusted later enemy alien immigrants of the same European background. Especially when after an area-wide deliberately caused power outage, the FBI came to check for sabotage.
A true story that centers around a young girl's account for acceptance and a woman's search for spiritual truth. Readers will be swept away on Chase's memorable journey, challenging one to stop reading. Haunting, yet filled with a witty style and a unique recognition for readers that despite the pain we endure and sometimes may even cause, we will survive.
In this inspirational memoir, V. Lakshmi paints a portrait of an uncommon life: an orphan born in a remote village in India, adopted and raised by a white Jewish family in America. The tragic, mysterious death of V.'s biological mother two days after her birth foreshadows the maelstrom of sensitive feminine health issues V. would face in her life, including a twenty-year battle with endometriosis, infertility, failed adoption, and the decision to embrace hysterectomy as way of creating new life... the rebirth of V. herself. Lakshmi's voice is rooted in a cross-cultural, adoptive-family love story that flies in the face of society's expectations for women to look a "certain way" and slip comfortably into the American Dream. Not that our cultural dreams aren't beautiful, yet what happens when life changes our plans? Her heartbreaking and humorous anecdotes of initially coping, then soul-searching, and ultimately releasing anger at her body and the world shines with insight into the deepest core questions of human relationships and identity: Who am I, and why am I here in this world? With vulnerability and grace, V. simultaneously captures and frees the emotions surrounding all sides of adoption, her intense encounters with racism, her path to a loss of motherhood, and her courageous renaissance-illustrating how "the end" of one road is only the beginning of another...and how the unforeseen is also beautiful and perhaps more fulfilling than we could have ever imagined. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the author's first home, Family Village Farm.