The Book of Myself: A Do-It Yourself Autobiography in 20 Questions by David MarshallStrong is the urge to write ones life story as a keepsake for oneself and ones family. The difficulty is knowing where to start, and then where to go from there. Carl and David Marshall, a grandfather-grandson team, have created a fine and fun do-it-yourself autobiography. The cover of the journal-sized Book of Myself is intended to resemble handmade paper; the inside pages have the yellowed hue of a keepsake found in a musty attic trunk. The book is not especially pretty. But the questions--one per page, divided into early, middle, and late years, and then again into sections concerning family, friends, education, work and responsibilities, and the world--are good enough that it hardly matters. Among the 201 jumping-off points included here are questions concerning childhood toys, crushes, and forbidden exploits; adult embarrassments, betrayals, and achievements; and how ones views change over the years. --Jane Steinberg
New edition published in 2007
The Book of Myself: A Do-It Yourself Autobiography in 20 Questions
The sensational do-it-yourself memoir--with over , copies sold--that helps you record your story. An updated edition of the perfect do-it-yourself memoir that helps you record and preserve the experiences and knowledge of a lifetime for years to come. Divided into Early, Middle, and Later Years, this keepsake volume contains questions that guide you through the process of keeping memories on subjects such as family and friends, learning and education, work and responsibilities, and the world around you. Created by a grandson and grandfather, The Book of Myself is the perfect way for you, or someone close to you, to remember the turning points and everyday recollections of a lifetime and share them with future generations. The new edition has been updated with reordered questions to start with more objective, easy-to-answer prompts, then move to reflective queries, followed by deeper interpretive questions.
This book compiles some brief advice for those at any age on how to begin writing your memoirs, and then provides a series of questions to get you started. I particularly like that these questions are divided up into sections focussing on Early, Middle, and Later Years of life so that there is a sense of balance between the various aspects of what makes up an individual's character.
you re your own worst critic
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