Memoir & Life Story Anthologies

Anthologies of Life Story Writing and Reminiscence

Listening Is an Act of Love
Edited by Dave Isay, this anthology has stories about home and family, work and dedication, journeys, history and struggle, and 9/11, from the StoryCorps Project.

Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps
Second in the series, edited by Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, this anthology features revelatory stories on the subject of Mom. Through conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds. Listen to Isay on moms on NPR's Democracy Now: �Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps".

My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History
Edited by Paula Stallings Yost and Pat McNees, with a foreword by Rick Bragg, a great gift for that person whose life stories should be recorded or told but who keeps saying, "Who cares what happened in my life?" Read excerpts from the APH Anthology. Backstories about the process of getting the stories into print will be of particular interest to those who want to help others tell their life stories. "At last, a collection that shows the 'why, what, and how' behind memoir as legacy." ~ Susan Wittig Albert, founder of Story Circle Network.

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Revised and Expanded Deluxe Edition: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
Edited by Rachel Fershleisher and Larry Smith, based on the six-word memoirs of the storytelling magazine Smith. Also browse through NPR's delightful slideshow of images based on the same book.

Pulse: Voices From the Heart of Medicine - The First Year
Edited by Paul Gross and Diane Guernsey, excellent essays, poems and short narratives from the hearts and in the voices of patients and their health care providers, from the online magazine Pulse.

The Memoir Project: Nantucket (grub street)
A collaboration of Grub Street and the Nantucket Writers Studio. This anthology gave twenty-four senior residents a chance to turn their memories into published narratives. Scroll down the page to see other anthologies at grub street, such as "The Memoire Project: Boston", and "Born Before Plastic: Stories from Boston�s Most Enduring Neighborhoods".