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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (10 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416535039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416535034
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Old Friend from Far Away In her first book to focus solely on writing since her classic work "Writing Down the Bones," Goldberg reaffirms her status as one of the foremost teachers by redefining the practice of writing memoir. Full description

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Maxwell on 22 May 2013
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Thisis a fantastic for all would be writers. By getting you writing every day it really helps the crearive flow, and helps dig up mermories ,long forgotten. Natalie is a genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Janet M. Thomas on 22 May 2013
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I just love her books about creative writing This one is useful for anyone who is thinking about writing their life history
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Fahrenfort on 9 Mar. 2015
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This book was required literature for a course in writing, and I used it extensively for that course. The more I used it, the more it irritated me. It does not do what it promises, i.e. 'teach you to write a memoir'. Quite the contrary: apart from many almost blank pages, just containing subjects to write about (called 'prompts' in the jargon) and saying: '10 minutes. Go!' almost ad nauseam - there is nothing. No theory, no tips, no real exercise material one can check to improve. There are many books on this subject which are much better and really help. This particular book is a waste of money for buying it and time for reading - but the frustration and irritation its use engenders are even worse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sharon Meiring-jones on 9 July 2014
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Natalie Goldberg is my favourite writing guru. She has so much wisdom and the benefit of years of writing experience to share. This book surpassed my expectations, it has personal insights from Natalie, writing exercises and lots in there to inspire you to write your memoir. I had reached a dead end with mine but reading Old Friend from Far Away has given me a fresh perspective on the art of memoir and I am enjoying writing again
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arun Debnath on 28 Feb. 2013
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I fell in love with Natalie Goldberg for her books on writing. [she doesn't know it. She doesn't also know that she is my writing guru I've yet to meet]. What can I say about Natalie Goldberg that the writing world hasn't said yet about her simple teaching techniques! Those who have read her books on writing, especially Writing Down The Bones and Old Friend from Far Away would nod their heads in appreciation. And if you haven't read her books on writing, this novice writer from Greater London, can safely recommend you to get hold of these two books that will surely enhance your writing ability. I can only say that Natalie Goldberg is responsible for my own Memoir I'm about to complete. Best wishes to you, the reader.

Arun Debnath
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