WRIT­ING ONE’S WAY TO EM­PA­THY AND UN­DER­STAND­ING

Foreword Reviews - - Contents - by Scott Neuf­fer

When “di­ver­sity” be­comes a po­lit­i­cal catch­word, it’s easy to lose sight of whose sto­ries mat­ter and why. As a lit­er­ary genre, the mem­oir is an ex­cep­tion­ally pow­er­ful tool for pre­sent­ing new points of view and per­spec­tives, and for en­sur­ing that di­ver­sity isn’t a flat prospect, but a vi­brant ta­pes­try of in­di­vid­ual threads and tex­tures. A good mem­oir can’t be di­dac­tic or overly pre­scrip­tive. Its truths have to be or­ganic, aris­ing from the trans­for­ma­tive act of writ­ing, born of hon­esty, em­pa­thy, and a gen­uine de­sire to un­der­stand one’s self and ex­pe­ri­ences. Each mem­oir here achieves this fresh­ness of per­spec­tive. Each voice is unique and au­then­tic, and en­larges the world as we know it.

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