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ANNOTATED READING LIST ON AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND REMINISCENCE

Birren, J. E. and Deutchman, D. E. (1991). Guiding autobiography groups for older adults. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. A plan for conducting groups to promote recall, organize and tell their life stories.

Birren, J. E. and Feldman, L. (1997). Where to go from here. New York: Simon & Schuster. A practical guide to reviewing the past and exploring the future in the second half of life.

Bridges, W. (1980). Transitions Making sense of life's changes. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. Discusses how transitions bring opportunity and turmoil. Successful transitions are illustrated that help us recognize and seize new opportunities.

Burnside, I (Ed.) (1986). Working with the elderly: group process and techniques, 2nd, ed. Boston: Jones & Bartlett. Many approaches to group work, with the elderly, including reminiscence, are described by authors from different professional orientations.

Coleman, P. G. (1986). Ageing and reminiscence processes. New York: John Wiley. An account of reminiscence as a tool for studying late life adjustments and the role of memones.

Egan, S. (1984). Patterns of experience in autobiography. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. An analysis of autobiography from the point of view of literature and the use of myth and fiction in life stories.

Fivush, R. & Haden, C. (Eds.) (2003). Autobiographical memory and the construction of a narrative self:  Developmental and cultural perspectives. Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum.

Holstein, J.A. & Gubrium, J.F. (2000). The self we live by:  Narrative identity in a postmodern world. NY:  Oxford university press.

Kenyon, G. & Randall, W. (1997).  Restorying our lives:  Personal growth through autobiographical reflection.  Westport, CT:  Praeger.

Leibovits, M. and Solomon, L. (1993). Legacies. New York: Harper Collins. Life stories of humor, courage, resilience and love by writers sixty and older.

Rainer, T. (1998). Your life as a story. New York: Jeremy Tarcher & Putnam. With a background in both the literary and entertainment industries, the author offers guidance in how to convert your life story into art.

Reker, G. T. and Chamberlain, K. (Eds.). (2000). Exploring existential meaning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Various authors describe the contemporary search for meaning in life and the applications of the various approaches to improving personal adjustment.

Runyan, W. M. (1982). Life histories and psychobiography. New York: Oxford. A review of the approaches to the understanding of individual lives from the vantage points of the social sciences and humanities.

 

REFERENCE LIST FOR WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY

 Birren, J. & Cochran, K. (2001). Telling the Stories of Life Through Guided
Autobiography Groups. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Brande, D. & Gardner, J. (1934).  Becoming a Writer. New York:  Harcourt Brace.

Elbow, P. (1973). Writing Without Teachers.  UK:  Oxford University Press.

Fulford, D.G. (2000). One memory at a time. N.Y. Doubleday.

Goldberg, N. (1986). Writing Down the Bones. Boston: Shambhala Publications.

King, S. (2000). On Writing.  New York:  Simon & Schuster.

Neubauer, J. (1997). From Memories to Manuscript: The Five Step Method of Writing Your Life Story. Ancestry Publishing.

Rainer, T. (1997). Your Life As Story. New York: Tarcher Putnam.

Roorbach, B. (1998). Writing Life Stories. Ohio: Story Press.

Rosenbluth, V. (1997). Keeping Family Stories Alive. WA: Hartley and Marks.

Selling, B. (1988). Writing from Within: A Guide to Creativity and Life Story
Writing. CA: Hunter House.

Ueland, B. (1938).  If You Want to Write.  Minnesota:  Graywolf Press.