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The Book of Myself: A Do-it-yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions Hardcover – 9 Jan 2007


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  • Hardcover: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Gft Rev edition (9 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401303099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401303099
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Capture the life stories of your family to pass on.
I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and have recently celebrated my 40th birthday with Kate, my wife of 11 years. We have a daughter and a son and look forward to many of our best years still ahead of us. We are watching our parents and grandparents grow older now with trepidation and awe. Trepidation in realizing that they will not be with us forever and awe in realizing the wisdom about life they carry with them. My Grandpa Carl taught me to reach for the stars and to believe in myself even if others lose their faith. He also worked me hard, but laying those bricks in his backyard helped strengthen my work ethic. And he showed me how to treat math as an adventure instead of a chore. I have always loved hearing Grandpa spin yarns around the dinner table. They helped me to know him more intimately. I wanted to find a way to ask him about all the different areas of his life and to save what he told me, even some of the little tidbits that he would never think to add himself. It now comforts me to know that long after Grandpa Carl is gone I will still have this little book of treasures to share with my children and grandchildren. This book has 201 questions, covering the early, middle and later years under the topics of family, friends, education, work/responsibilities, and the world. I hope this collection of life stories will help you to also begin sharing your stories with those who will carry on in your path. David P. Marshall - co-author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov 2004
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This would be a great book if I came from the USA, but I don't, and many of the questions could only really be answered by an American, or by someone who lives there (for example, questions about Thanksgiving Day, US presidents, etc.).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct 1998
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I started out with just one copy, and now I give them as gifts. I have had a great time answering the questions and sharing the book with my son. What a great way to pass on family stories and traditions. I wish I had found this wonderful book in time for my grandmother, but now I'll be giving a copy to grandpa. If you find journal writing intimidating, this book is a great introduction. Buy one for yourself and then buy 5 or 6 to give as gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov 1998
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I wish I knew about this book before my grandparents and parents passed away. Yes, I knew them very well, but it would have been wonderful to have known MORE; especially since I'm only the second generation born in the US, I can only search back to my grandparents. I am completing my "autobiography" now so my sons and their children will have it to enjoy, laugh at, cry with, and learn from. What a treasure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar 1997
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Oral histories are great, but too often, stories, thoughts, and anecdotes are left out of the telling. "The Book of Myself" provides an excellent outline for capturing information on a whole variety of topics I wouldn't have thought of if I had just gotten out a tape recorder and started speaking.

I'm planning to go through it with my mother and brother, thus capturing a family history that can be passed on to future generations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pippa Bennett on 17 Dec 2011
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For anyone who wants to capture their life story, this book will definitely help you to do this.

Whether you keep the book to give to friends and family so that they can learn more about you, or use it to create your own biography, the questions prompt you to think about things that may be long past forgotten about so you also get to re-visit and take a nice trip down memory lane
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As a genealogist, I love to have anything that will help be gain information (other than dates and locations) so they can be passed down through the generations in this age of 'remote grandparents'. This book provides a non-threatening, thought-provoking way for older adults who are reluctant to talk about their past or just 'can't think of anything to say' when you have a tape machine running. This book allows them to write their thoughts in seclusion -- like a diary.
I only wish it would have allowed for the person to write their name and personal data in the front. Their are blank pages, so it can be added.
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