“I spent considerable time interviewing my mother in preparation for writing Wish You Well, and it was an enlightening time for me. Most of us assume we know all there is to know about our parents. However, if you take the time to ask questions and actually listen to the answers, you may find there is still much to learn about people so close to you.”
Today’s Literary Birthday
E.L. Doctorow, one of the most celebrated American novelists of his generation, was born on this day in 1931. He has won a National Book Award for World’s Fair, PEN/Faulkner Awards and National Book Critics Circle Awards for Billy Bathgate and The March and a National Book Critics Circle Award for Ragtime. He received a National Humanities Medal in 1998 presented by President Bill Clinton. Novelist Joyce Carol Oates has called Doctorow “our great chronicler of American mythology.”
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:
What is your greatest skill? What skill do you wish you had but don’t?