We made it to the end of the month, you and me!
These descendants are now, more than 100 years later, about to have a huge family reunion, and will have this book available for any of the many, many descendants who want to learn more about how their family came to be. There’s information in this book that I’d wager most of them – or maybe even all of them – don’t know. We dug pretty deep to find some of it.
I love the cover, which was designed to make it look like a Hawaiian composition book. Isn’t it great? Leslie Lang, Writer, Ghostwriter, Memoir, Biography, Family History, Editor, Hawaii
Research shows how important it is for children to hear those stories, and how much better they do if they know them.
One reason to get your memoir down.
It’s a novel, albeit one using primary historical sources, about a biography. It’s a little complicated to describe, but it works.
It’s heartfelt stuff, hearing a person’s stories and learning what they mean to the person.
An autobiography summarizes and tells the whole of a person’s life. It is the story of a life. A memoir has a narrower focus, and tells a story “from a life.” Author (and memoir writer) Gore Vidal describes the difference this way: “A memoir is how one remembers one’s own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dated, facts double-checked.”
When he left his “time capsule,” their Uncle Curt didn’t know there were people yet unborn who would one day think about him because he’d done it. He didn’t know they would be so excited and so grateful. He didn’t have any idea how much the clues he left behind would help them.
There’s family history and then there’s family history. I’m going deep.
I just swabbed the inside of both my cheeks, put the swabs into a vial, and stuck them in a package, ready to zip it off to National Geographic’s Genographic Project.