Where the Past Begins

Where the Past Begins

A Writer's Memoir

Large Print - 2017
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From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir about finding meaning in life through acts of creativity and imagination

In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan reveals the ways that our memories and personal experiences can inform our creative work. Drawing on her vivid impressions of her upbringing, Tan investigates the truths and inspirations behind her writing while illuminating how we all explore, confront, and process complex memories, especially half-forgotten ones from childhood.

With candor, empathy, and humor, Tan sheds light on her own writing process, sharing her hard-won insights on the nature of creativity and inspiration while exploring the universal urge to examine truth through the workings of imagination--and what that imaginative world tells us about our own lives. Where the Past Begins is both a unique look into the mind of an extraordinary storyteller and an indispensable guide for writers, artists, and other creative thinkers.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition, First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062688194
0062688197
Branch Call Number: LP 813.54 Tan
Characteristics: xi, 557 pages : illustrations

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Uchinaguchi
Nov 19, 2017

Amy Tan's memoir isn't about her life and how it led to her being a writer, but about how all the aspects of her life and the lives before her inspired her to write. This is a very fluid book as one chapter flows into the next, and how perception and understanding changes over time reveals that our lives are in flux. I don't want to make any interpretations into Tan's life, even though this is her memoir. But what I loved about this memoir was how much of her internal voice mirrored my own, and how she gave words to thoughts I hadn't constructed yet. I was engulfed in her memoir and it has now changed my own perceptions of my past as I continue to flow through my life.

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Marilyn34
Oct 26, 2017

This memoir showed me that writers struggle in life just like everyone else.

Check out my review of "Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2017/10/new-release-review-where-past-begins.html

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