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Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir (2008)

by Natalie Goldberg

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Another book I picked up because the author is beloved. Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones was the first book I read about writing that inspired me. I’ve read all her books since then (including one very disappointing novel) but nothing’s clicked with me like Bones. This book was close; I felt a click here and there. Old Friend is fundamentally an expanded Bones. It has lots of fun exercises for those who are suffering from writer’s block. I’d like to keep it a little longer and try more of the exercises. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
The book is so full of encouragement and prompts that its practical helpful hints are rather overwhelmed. Its usefulness depends on what the reader needs. The end of the book does pull out its helpful hints in a list and also presents a long list of published memoirs. ( )
  snash | Jul 26, 2009 |
Excellent writing prompts. ( )
  msimelda | Jan 28, 2009 |
Subtitle: The Practice of Writing Memoir. A thoroughly engaging, motivating book that aims to help readers begin writing about their own lives. Invaluable writing prompts and a supportive manner help make this an important, as well as enjoyable, read. ( )
  Elishibai | Aug 8, 2008 |
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Millions of Americans want to write about their lives. With this book as the road map for getting started and following through, writers and readers will gain a deeper understanding of their own minds, learn to connect with their senses in order to find the detail and truth that give their written words power and authenticity, and unfold the natural structure of the stories they carry within. Through timed, associative, and meditative exercises, writing teacher Goldberg guides you to the attentive state of thought in which you discover and open forgotten doors of memory. At once a celebration of the memoir form, an innovative course full of practical teachings, and a meditation on consciousness, love, life, and death, this book welcomes aspiring writers of all levels and encourages them to find their unique voice to tell their stories.--From publisher description.… (more)

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