New Book Helps Boomers Write Their Life Stories

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The just released book Remembering...life story triggers and memory essays helps people create their life story Life stories and family history make a unique gift for family members that will be cherished for generations. The book shows how to start and complete the process all the way to printing. The book it self might be the perfect holiday gift this holiday season.

This book is perfect for baby boomers who want to work with their parents and other relatives to preserve and record these memories before it's too late

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Everybody has a story - but who will record yours? Minneapolis author and personal historian Hella Buchheim has been helping people remember and record the stories of their lives for the last five years. Her monthly newsletters have helped trigger memories that launched memoires from otherwise stagnant efforts.

Those newsletters - many of which include her own poignant memories - have now been compiled into a new book called Remembering: Life Story Triggers and Memory Essays. It's a step-by-step guide to help people create and publish their own life stories.

This is a sample of the childhood moments Buchheim shares:

In the first house that my parents owned, we had a large garden in the back of the property. My father grew the largest tomatoes that I have ever seen. He claimed it was due to the fertilizer he used. It was elephant dung from when the Shrine Circus toured our area each and every spring.

Each story and list of triggers helps elicit memories of events not thought of in years. The book includes reflective questions and practical tips to help guide the writer from conception to idea gathering to printing.

"This book is perfect for baby boomers who want to work with their parents and other relatives to preserve and record these memories before it's too late," says Buchheim. "Life stories and personal histories are unselfish gifts to the next generation. They pay forward by looking back."

New Book Helps Boomers Write Their Life Stories

This book helps with:

  •     Getting started: memory triggers and where to begin
  •     The Rules: do's and don'ts like writing from one voice, writing one story at a time and using moral generosity
  •     How and where to research family history
  •     Adding photos, recipes and other family flavor
  •     Organizing your memories
  •     Printing your book

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Buchheim is passionate about recording and preserving family history as well as helping others do the same. One book reviewer writes:

Each one of Hella's articles takes me vividly back to my past. I sit on the back porch with my grandmother again in the summer heat and pit sour cherries for a pie. I remember that embarrassing moment in girl scouts where all of us who forgot to do our assignment had to stand up and sing a song. I cherish all the special moments I had with my Mom before she died. Hella's own stories and the writing triggers she includes work for me! The precious moments of my life come rushing back as I read … and then I write them down. This book will be a cherished inspiration for years to come!

  • Dhyan Atkinson, Satisfaction by Design, LLC

Remembering: Life Story Triggers and Memory Essays is now available in book stores or online at http://lifestorytriggers.com/wordpress.

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