To Our Children's Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come

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Doubleday, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 211 pages
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Long lives yield many treasures: pictures, keepsakes, property, or savings, the standard currencies of inheritance passed on from generation to generation. But there is another precious legacy, one that is often lost: memories, the closely held images of people, places, and things that are the blueprint of a life. In To Our Children's Children, bestselling author and nationally syndicated columnist Bob Greene and his sister, journalist D. G. Fulford, have created an attractive and engaging guidebook that makes recording a personal hisrory as uncomplicated and easy as writing a letter. A brief introduction sets the tone of fond remembrance, followed by chapters of questions designed to elicit answers that will form the patchwork of a fascinating personal history. To Our Children's Children concentrates on the particulars of life, the basics, askng engaging questions that open the doors of memory, in chapters like "The House of Your Growing Up", "Everyday Life", "Homefront", and more. To Our Children's Children invites us to wander the golden corridors of memory and create for our children and for future generations a written or spoken record that is the greatest gift we can hope to offer - our lives, our memories, ourselves.

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User Review  - Barbara Lovejoy - Goodreads

This book is a great way to start writing your family history. It is filled with questions--mostly about every day life-- that will jog's the reader's memory. The answers to these questions are things I would love to have known about my ancestors--even my parents. Read full review

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User Review  - Sandy - Goodreads

I didn't actually read this myself. I skimmed it and then gave it to my mother back in 1996. She did a wonderful family history following the questions. I just ran across it today. Her memory is ... Read full review

About the author (1993)

Bob Greene is a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune. His book topics have included politics, basketball, and rock and roll; he toured with Alice Cooper to get the background for Billion Dollar Baby (1974). His books are often a collection of his newspaper columns, covering a wide range of topics with interesting portraits of both everyday people and celebrities, but sometimes focus on his own reactions to life's changes. The rediscovery of his old high school diary resulted in Be True to Your School: A Diary of 1964 (1987). Turning age 50 led to his The Fifty Year Dash: The Feelings, Foibles, and Fears of Being Half-a-Century Old (1997). Greene was born in 1947 and lives in Illinois with his wife, Susan, and their daughter Amanda, who provided the inspiration for his book Good Morning, Merry Sunshine: A Father's Journal of His Child's First Year (1984).

D. G. Fulford is a former columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and The New York Times News Service. She is the coauthor, with Bob Greene, of To Our Children's Children.

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