The Autobiography Box

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The memoir is fast gaining on the novel as the most popular literary form for readers and writers today. Gone are the days when people used to talk over the back fence, swapping stories and the day's gossip. Enter the next best thing: the autobiography, back porch conversation in book form. Contemporary and fresh, The Autobiography Box presents innovative writing suggestions in a visually dynamic, totally inviting, hands-on portable kit. Sixty appealing cards filled with quotes, questions, directions, and exercises provide the practice, while an engaging book with journal spaces for fill-in and excerpts from such literary greats as Vladimir Nabokov, Marcel Proust, Muriel Spark, and Tobias Wolff offer the inspiration. Perfect for both beginning and seasoned writers, The Autobiography Box is all any memoirist needs to get started-that and maybe a comfy porch swing and a tall glass of lemonade.

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Inside a pretty little box with a sepia-tone photograph of a manual typewriter on the cover is a compact journal with a sepia-tone photograph of crumpled paper on its cover and 60 smooth, oversize cards (yes, more sepia). The cards--labeled "remember," "discover," "dramatize," and "structure"--are meant to assist in your memoir writing. OK, so it's a gimmick. But it surely beats the many hokey, answer-the-questions amateur memoir guides out there, and even the serious memoirist will appreciate the substance beneath its sweet exterior. Taken by themselves, the "remember" cards are less than scintillating (most interesting among them: "Write about a strange family member" and "Write down a story that you tell people that didn't really happen the way you usually tell it"). Pair them with the other cards, however, and you'll soon be writing your memories as conversations among the people involved, or in the form of fairy tales. You'll be asking yourself whether there is a moral to your story, or a sense of drama. "You'll have to find tricks to fool yourself into telling truths you may not wish to reveal to yourself," says the author, Brian Bouldrey, but don't fret if you don't come up with anything deep and dark. "Everything is interesting," Flaubert is quoted as saying here, "if you look at it hard enough." --Jane Steinberg

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Brian Bouldrey is the author of five novels. His fiction and essays have appeared in numerous literary publications. He lives in San Francisco.

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