Hi! I’m Annette Gendler, and I love family history.
I’ve been teaching memoir writing for the past 15 years, and I specialize in teaching people how to capture interesting stories from their family history, ones that won’t bore your audience at a holiday gathering.
I first had the idea for a "Book of My Things" when my husband and I cleared out his mother’s apartment after she died. We found so many objects, trinkets, souvenirs, even photos, that she clearly had saved because they were dear to her. But we had no idea why, and so, if the item wasn’t useful to us, we got rid of it. Wouldn’t it be nice, I thought back then, to have a “book of her things?” A guide that would give us the story of a handkerchief she had cherished? Maybe we donated the one vase she had left from her stepmother? Or a tin that held the biscuits a kind stranger had given her when she was a hidden child in France during WWII?