Autobiography: Thanks For The Memoirs

There has never been a better time to write the story of your life

We all have a story to tell. And more and more, we are starting to tell it, speaking into a tape recorder or writing with pen on paper or at a computer. The act of writing about our past, says Kate Hays, a Toronto clinical psychologist, offers valuable "self-reflection, exploration, continuity and discovery." Most important, memoirs are true; they tell what happened. Frank McCourt's 1996 best seller Angela's Ashes kindled interest in the memoirs of ordinary people. Says Adam Sexton, dean of New York City's Gotham Writers' Workshop: "People read McCourt and think, 'I could do that.'" Maybe everyone won't equal...

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