Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 10, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Twenty years ago Natalie Goldberg’s classic, Writing Down the Bones, broke new ground in its approach to writing as a practice. Now, Old Friend from Far Away—her first book since Writing Down the Bones to focus solely on writing—reaffirms Goldberg’s status as a foremost teacher of writing, and completely transforms the practice of writing memoir.

To write memoir, we must first know how to remember. Through timed, associative, and meditative exercises, Old Friend from Far Away guides you to the attentive state of thought in which you discover and open forgotten doors of memory. At once a beautifully written celebration of the memoir form, an innovative course full of practical teachings, and a deeply affecting meditation on consciousness, love, life, and death, Old Friend from Far Away welcomes aspiring writers of all levels and encourages them to find their unique voice to tell their stories. Like Writing Down the Bones, it will become an old friend to which readers return again and again.
 

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Great book. I'm going to buy it. I never buy books. It's out in paperback 3/10/09. I can wait. Read full review

Contents

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1
38
6
No One Has Ever Died
10
Jean Rhys
19
Peach
25
Again
33
Third
42
Grade
48
Test IV
133
Cezanne
134
Apples
137
Joan Mitchell
138
Vast Affection
140
No
141
Ahead
142
Sickness
143

Test IIII Remember
55
Allen Ginsberg
63
Moment
69
Sitting
76
Just Sittingor Do the Neola
82
Practice Notebook
85
Walking
87
Linda Gregg
89
Happy
90
Ice Cream
91
Cook
92
Potatoes
94
Verb
95
Hard and Soft
96
More Than Ten Minutes
98
Sprinting
99
Religion
101
Jimmy Santiago Baca
102
Pull
106
Wild
107
The Addict
108
Polite
113
Repair
114
Awake
115
Nothing
116
Facing It
117
Boring
119
Ordinary
121
Something
122
Swim
123
Poor
124
Lie
125
Mistake
126
Weather
127
Fantasy
128
Vice
129
Hand and Wrist
130
Jump
131
Care
132
Driving
144
Window
145
Paris
146
Quiet
148
No Stop
149
Birthday
150
Say
152
Ring
153
Mind
154
Time
155
Close
156
No Whining
158
Reading Life
160
Long
161
No More
162
Suicide
163
Times
166
Death
169
Smoke
177
Fight
183
Spit
190
Not You
198
No Topic
205
Test VI
209
Ad
216
Broken
225
Radish
233
Inventory of Goodbye
239
One Thing
247
Nothing
250
Sound
256
Orchard
264
Cracked Sentence
270
Test IX
277
Caryl Phillips
280
Structure
286
Vast
297
Guidelines and Suggestions for Writing Memoir
303
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About the author (2009)

Natalie Goldberg is a poet, painter, teacher, and the author of twelve books, including her classic, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (which has sold more than 1.5 million copies) and Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. She has been teaching seminars for thirty-five years to people from around the world and lives in New Mexico. 

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