Caring for Your Aging Parents Someday? Read This Book

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories   Don’t Give Up On Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully, A Daughter’s Intimate Memoir by Jan Simpson Benvenuti Circle of Life Partners Every memoir offers something different for the reader. Some intend to describe a personal history, to entertain the reader, to teach the reader, and/or to give the reader … Read more…

4 Editing Hacks I Learned from Stephen King

Let’s be honest. The editing process is not as fun as the initial storytelling process. Editing requires that you read your writing with fresh eyes, pull out your red pen machete, and start hacking away at superfluous details, tangents, and parts of speech. Why is editing so important? You want people to read, understand, and … Read more…

9 Thrilling Memoir Writing Tips I Learned from Stephen King

I don’t read many thrillers, but I have seen a few Stephen King movies. I remember how Misery made my ankles hurt and The Green Mile made me cry. Perhaps my favorite Stephen King story, however, is On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Although King provides advice for novel writers, so much of his … Read more…

Memoir Musings >The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust By Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin Synopsis Edith Hahn was born in Vienna in 1914 and lived through WWII. When she was a teenager, she was encouraged to attend university, but before she could finish her studies and become an attorney, she was … Read more…

Memoir Musings >The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother By James McBride Synopsis James McBride shares his mother’s story as well as his own story in this touching, easy-to-read memoir. McBride’s mother, who was born a white Jew, marries a black man in 1942 and plants a Baptist church in the middle of … Read more…

The “Cute” One is Available!

The “Cute” One: Memoirs of a Grateful, Four-eyed Nerd with Quacky Feet  By Alfred J. Ewald Synopsis When his uncle gave him an erector set, Alfred Ewald thought becoming an engineer would make his life complete. Then one day, he met a beautiful, yellow bird with white open-toed shoes and realized that dreams do come true … Read more…

A Proud American Writes His Story

When I founded Sunday Dinner Stories, a dear friend loaned me a copy of her grandfather’s memoir, My Nine Lives (Minus) One: How I Survived the War, Six Kids and a Wife and Lived to Tell My Tale. My friend’s Popi, Joseph A. Izzillo, passed away earlier this year, but since he published his memoir … Read more…

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Source: Rob Schreckhise via Unsplash.com is licensed under CC 0 1.0 public domain Maybe it is my age or just the people I hang out with, but lately, many of my friends and family members have joked that they cannot remember anything anymore. If I didn’t know better, I’d believe we are in the midst … Read more…

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption By Katie Davis with Beth Clark (c) copyright 2016 Michelle Beckman, Sunday Dinner Stories Synopsis Have you ever felt led down a path that is unknown, scary, and unexpected? Upon high school graduation, nineteen-year-old Katie Davis felt led to Uganda. She left a loving and … Read more…

All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments

All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments By Alex Witchel (c) copyright 2016 Michelle Beckman, Sunday Dinner Stories Synopsis Journalist Alex Witchel shares the “…torturous process of [her mother] disappearing in plain sight…” [p. 9]  Dementia is taking hold of her mother’s mind and body. As Alex cares for her mother, she … Read more…