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#BookReview – P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy by D.G. Kaye #Memoir #Narcissism

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On the eve of my father’s funeral, I find myself writing my review of this memoir with a real sense of gratitude that I was lucky enough to have loving parents, and little dysfunctionality in my family. My father was raised in a rather Victorian household, (he was born in 1915), where children were seen but not heard, which made him always a quiet man, but no less loving for it, though he rarely expressed emotion.

Tomorrow I shall say goodbye to him in the knowledge that he lived a long and satisfied life, leaving no regrets at the end on any of our parts, unlike my poor friend Debby Gies (author D.G. Kaye), who suffered a traumatic childhood.

Thanks, Debby. Whilst I sorrow for your travails, you’ve gifted me with a great contrast to recognise at this sad time how fortunate I have been.

P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken LegacyP.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy by D.G…

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Sue Monk Kidd on Memoir

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Today at Ducktrap Writers’ Round Table we spoke about Author Sue Monk Kidd, who is featured in the book Why We Write About Ourselves, an anthology of 20 memoirists edited by Meredith Maran and published by Plume, a Penquin Random House imprint (2016).

Here are a couple of excerpts from her contribution to the book:

Oddly enough, I find that the deeper I go into myself, the more I’m freed from myself. When I write about myself, I find release and freedom in the end because I’ve managed to distill the experience into some sort of meaning that I can integrate into my life, and then move on without all the preoccupation and unconscious pull of it. It’s the unexamined experience that seems to wreak the most havoc in my day-to-day world.

Writing memoir not only has the ability to reveal me to myself, it also has the…

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Literary Agent News: Memoir

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

A Note from the Editor:

One of the most popular genres on Two Drops of Ink is Memoir. Memoir is a hot genre period. Personally, I think it’s because people are a bit voyeuristic – we love to know the intimate details of people’s lives. We love to hear about their struggles because it helps us with or own. We love their stories of success because it gives us hope. We even love the sad stories, the ones without a happy ending, because we know the author has poured out their heart to us, and we feel like have become a confidant of sorts. We have several posts about the genre of Memoir on the blog, and we have readers and writers in our following that are working on memoirs. This month’s Literary Agent News is about Memoir and agents that are seeking submission from that genre. Good reading.

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Book Giveaway: Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family

Laurie Easter

I’ve been sick twice in the last three weeks since coming back from AWP, and I’m still recovering, so I have not had the energy to produce my regular Sunday Spotlight column. But today I feel well enough to write a blog post and keep some semblance of momentum going.

I’ve been thinking these past few days about the risk of alienation and fallout with friends and loved ones to writers of memoir and personal essay. On Facebook, this week, I’ve seen several people post questions about this very topic. This was already on my mind because I have an essay brewing in my brain—but not yet put to paper (or more accurately, to screen)—that if written and published could quite possibly hurt and anger someone in my life to the point that our relationship would be irrevocably damaged. This relationship is already a precarious one, and whatever misgivings I may…

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