My twice-lived life: a memoir

Front Cover
Ballantine Books, May 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
3 Reviews
In an extraordinary memoir that skillfully negotiates between the fierce candor of a war veteran and the quiet sensibility of an artist, Pulitzer Prize-winningBoston Globecolumnist Donald Murray dives head first into aging, a subject that is often only whispered about, stereotyped or, even worse, ignored. Turning his penetrating journalist's eye for observance and revelation onto his own life, Murray ventures back through his seventy-plus years with an unsparing honesty and clarity that age has afforded him. Born to God-fearing Scottish parents, Murray grew up with little more than a handshake from his mother and a solidly constructed lack of confidence in his abilities and intellect. A sickly child with no siblings, he had only solitude to grow ona lonely meal, but one that fed his imagination and his talent for sketching out the subtleties of life that have made his columns so beloved. From his struggles to put himself through college and his vivid experiences as a paratrooper in World War II, to his shaky acceptance of himself as a writer and his survival of immense personal tragedy, Murray addresses issues and emotions that society has long deemed taboo for men of his era: feelings of inadequacy, grief, family dysfunction, and most importantly, the indignities of age. But as he courageously sheds light on the difficult aspects of growing old, he discovers that there is more joy abundant in it than he ever imagined. Whether he is relaying a war story or his poignant ritual of listening for his wife's breath each morning, Murray never shies away from a truthno matter how uncomfortable it may be. Propelled forward by the love of his work, a quiet devotion to his family, and an unceasing commitment to understanding his place in the world, he is an elegant reminder that the drive to live fully does not end at retirement. In his hands, aging is adventurous terrain, full of possibilities and unprecedented insighta time that we spend much of our life fearing but, when reached, bestows upon us unexpected gifts.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: My Twice-Lived Life: A Memoir

User Review  - Tanya - Goodreads

Thanks to Paula Deidrich for reminding me about this lovely little memoir by the great Donald Murray which I read years ago in a class with Brenda Miller Power. We had a phone interview with Murray in ... Read full review

Review: My Twice-Lived Life: A Memoir

User Review  - Kristine - Goodreads

Donald Murray, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, writes this memoir with great candor, and at the same time, great sensitivity. He writes of rediscovering who he is and what is important to him as ... Read full review

Contents

My Unexpected Life
1
A Matter of Identity
14
Living Backwards
29
Copyright

16 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Donald Murray writes the weekly “Over 60” column for the Boston Globe. Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian magazine selected him best columnist in Boston in 1991 and 1996, respectively. He is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire, which opened the Donald M. Murray Journalism Laboratory in 1997. His books on writing include Write to Learn, The Craft of Revision, Writer in the Newsroom, and Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem.

Visit the author at www.previewport.com/Home/murray.html.