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    Saturday
    Jan092010

    Gloria Swanson on Memoir: You Can't Divorce a Book

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book.”
    Gloria Swanson
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    The French writer and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir was born on this day in 1908. She wrote novels including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, monographs, essays, biographies and an autobiography. She was an important influence in shaping her lover, Jean Paul Sartre’s, classic Being and Nothingness. De Beauvoir is best remembered for her groundbreaking book The Second Sex which was one of the catalysts of the modern feminist movement.
    Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
    Each day we offer a question or action 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 ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:

    Would your friends and relatives describe you differently than you describe yourself?

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