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    Friday
    Jan012010

    Ursula K. Le Guin on the Need for Stories

    Today's Memoir / Family History Quote
    "There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories."
    Ursula K. Le Guin

    Today's Literary Birthday
    “If you really want to know…” as Holden Caulfield might have said, JD. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye was born on this day in 1919. The chronicle of adolescent angst was somewhat autobiographical. Salinger said, “…it was a great relief telling people about it.” Poet and critic Ian Hamilton said of Catcher, which has sold 65 million copies to date, it, “became the book all brooding adolescents had to buy, the indispensable manual from which cool styles of disaffection could be borrowed.” The book became the “most censored” and second most often taught in high schools of any American novel.

    Today's Memoir / Family History Memory Trigger
    Each day we offer a question or activity to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what it triggers. Here's today's:
    Share a principle you have learned, or one you have taught.

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