Book Club Discussion Questions



  1. The author believes that the best gift we can give our children is the story of our lives. Why do you agree or disagree?
  2. Which of the stories in the Remembering Childhood offered you the strongest connection?
  3. Some people believe that a family memoir should recall only fond recollections and avoid conflict. In Remembering Childhood, the author’s contentious relationship with her father is a thread throughout the stories. What kind of anecdotes would you put in your memoir? Which would you leave out?
  4. How might your family or the public benefit from hearing about your unique time and place in history?
  5. What special events or phase of your life would you like to record for your family or for the public?
  6. Have any of your family members asked you to write your stories? If not, what might prevent you from doing so?
  7. If you have written a story, did you read it to anyone who shared the same experience? How did his or her memory correlate with yours? What surprised you about their memory?
  8. What can you recall about your past that would be inconceivable to a younger person?
  9. Have you read any biographies or memoirs that held meaning for you? What was it about the person or the story that had an impact? Can you think of a time in your own life that you exhibited that quality or wished you had?

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