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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 5, 2008 / 8 Kislev 5769

If memory serves, memoirs are hot

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman
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Email this article | Why don't we do this the easy way? If you haven't written a memoir, please step forward. Anybody? Somebody?

Memoirs are one of the fastest-growing genres of books on the market right now. Publicists e-mail frequently touting memoirs from wise and experienced people of notable accomplishment, some as old as 32.

It used to be a memoir was a book that a statesman or a person of life-long achievement usually penned in his or her twilight years. There was an unspoken expectation that authors were obligated to die shortly after penning their memoirs in order to give their writings credence. They were books like "Memoirs of Napoleon" or "Memoirs of the Empress Josephine."

Today's memoirs often follow the lines of Maureen McCormick's new book, "Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice." The book traces the dark and dirty side of life in graphic detail leaving the reader saying, "Macia! Marcia! Marcia! Gross! Gross! Gross!"

Nearly every president writes a memoir. They usually have exciting titles like: "Memoirs of Harry S. Truman" or "The Memoirs of Richard Nixon." Herbert Hoover's publishing house must have been conserving ink because his was simply, "Memoirs."

We live in far faster times today, as Barak Obama has written two memoirs and hasn't even taken office yet.

Marketing-wise, one of the best things you can do with your memoirs is to lose them and have someone else find them after you are dead, like "The Lost Memoirs of Charlotte Bronte" and "The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen." Memoirs can be dry, especially if you came of age in a period of respectability, so having memoirs discovered after you are gone can add a dimension of intrigue.

You would think writing a memoir would be an exhausting experience. Augusten Burroughs wrote an acclaimed memoir in 2003 titled "Running With Scissors." A year later, he wrote another memoir, and three years after that he published yet another. The man must pack a lot of living into a 24-hour day.

The most intimidating of the memoirs are the ones about subjects that are unable to stand upright or use a knife and fork.

"Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World" is in the Top 10 nonfiction. It is a story about a librarian who discovers a kitten that plays hide and seek, can read her thoughts and is mortified by hairballs. A cat that intuitive should be teaching relationship classes.

If you are bothered by the fact that a cat's life story is more exciting than yours, you may prefer memoirs by dogs. "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is a fictionalized memoir of a dog named Enzo. He is lab terrier mix who rides shotgun with a race car driver. Enzo is frustrated by his inability to speak, and yearns for the day he can be reincarnated as a man.

If both the dog and cat memoirs are a strain, try "Exiled: Memoirs of a Camel." It's billed a first-person narrative.

The future of memoirs may be in "Not Quite What I Was Planning" a compilation of six-word memoirs. "Ancestors went steerage. I take subway." Or "Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends."

With memoirs reduced to six words, you can easily crank out several a day.

I can't decide between "Cook, clean, wash, dry, fold, repeat" or "Life on hold for tech support."

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JWR contributor Lori Borgman is the author of , most recently, "Pass the Faith, Please" (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.) and I Was a Better Mother Before I Had Kids To comment, please click here. To visit her website click here.


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