Our hearts live in these hills, bound to these hollers

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The Appalachians are among the oldest mountains on Earth, born of powerful upheavals within the terrestrial crust and sculpted by the ceaseless action of water upon the surface. — Encyclopedia Britannica

Those mountains still stand, mostly intact, though smaller now than they must have been in the Precambrian era, or…


I struggled to understand my father. Here’s what I do know about him.

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There are some things you should understand about this man, the man who fathered me:


He looks like almost every other baby ever born: red-faced, hairless, eyes closed. His cries pierce the quiet country desolation and scatter among the last brittle oak leaves of winter. Spring is coming.


Middle child…

Unlike autobiography, memoir offers a focus or theme. What is your “what”?

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Lots of people have an important story to tell, and in recent years, memoirs have evolved to tell true stories in creative new ways. Take, for example, Thi Bui’s acclaimed graphic novel memoir The Best We Could Do, which she illustrated herself.

Whether your memoir is a genre-bending form like…

Bobi Conn

Author of In the Shadow of the Valley — A Memoir. Read more about my work at bobiconn.com.

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