Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Beginning: Your Life is a Book by Brenda Peterson & Sarah Jane Freymann


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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With this book, we hope to help you write the best memoir possible from the often confusing, exhilarating, and unexpected raw material of your life.

-- From the authors' User's Guide to Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir by Brenda Peterson and Sarah Jane Freymann, published by Sasquatch Books.

A memoir is like a love story, with all the ecstasies, disappointments, and turning points of any relationship. And at the end, you might be surprised to discover that the love of your life is – your life.

– From Part 1: "Crafting Your Memoir."

Your Life is a Book is an indispensable companion for anyone thinking of writing their memoir, especially with the hope of getting it published. Peterson is a writing teacher and author. Freeman is a literary agent who has led memoir workshops since 2009.


  1. Ooh, I'm very interested to see your review when you're done!

  2. Are you thinking of writing your memoir, Gilion?

  3. Sounds good! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Gilion,

    I should be interested to see whether in fact most people's lives would be "exhilarating, ecstatic and unexpected" enough to comprise a memoir, although "confusing and disappointing" would probably work, but I'm not sure how many people would want to read it then! LOL!

    Not one for me, but I hope that you enjoy the book and thanks for hosting.


  5. I would certainly write a story of my memoir, but in a third person vantage point. In other words, I wouldn't admit that the memoir is about me ;)

    Thanks for hosting for us! :)

  6. I wish I had the ambition to write my memoir. This past year of things that happened would fill a number of pages. Also growing up with eight children in my family made for an interesting life.

    ENJOY your weekend, and Happy Halloween.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Begin-nings

  7. This sounds interesting. While I'm not planning on writing a memoir I can see how the focus of this would be useful.


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