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Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg

Great book for writing prompts.  Well, that is what you think at first until the memories start flowing in like water from a broken damn.

Legacy by Linda Spence

Filled with great questions to ask yourself or your grandma, whoever you are writing for.  It is laid out in sections:  Childhood, Adolescence, Early Adult Years, Marriage, Being A Parent, Middle Years and Being A Grandparent.  Once again, it is a great book to keep in your back pocket (not literally.  It won’t fit.) To ask Grandma when you go to visit or to get your juices flowing when you are stuck and don’t know where to go or begin.

Writing As A Road To Self-Discovery by Barry Lane

Great writing prompts.  Great ideas on how to write if you are not much of a writer.  You can draw or brainstorm thoughts on the page.  You can insert ideas into a tracing of your hand.  It is very inspirational.  The first two chapters are my favourite but there are gems throughout the book.

Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin

I don’t even know what to say about this book.  It is a pearl in an oyster.  Please go out and buy it.  You will find I quote a lot of her work on my site.  Beautiful.  Inspiring.  Gotta have it within arms reach.

The Virginia Woolf Writers Workshop by Danelle Jones

Now this is a great book to have as a resource for general writing but of course since I love the memoir I use it with that guidance.  Lots of inspiration and down to earth thoughts and suggestions.  It is a must have as well.

Your Life As Story by Tristine Rainer

Still reading this one and I am loving it so far.  I will have a better review when I am all done.  Until then you will find many quotes of Rainer’s in my blog posts.

Something More by Sarah Ban Breathnach

This isn’t classified as a memoir writing book but when I read it a decade ago it brought up a lot of memories.  I plan on rereading it to see what I uncover again.  It changed my life in 2001.  I felt I was more myself than I ever was or have been since.  Highly recommended.

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