Unreliable Truth by Maureen Murdock

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Beginning with the idea that memory is nothing more than "an angle of perception," Murdock explores the recurrent question asked by writers and readers of memoir alike: what actually happened? Prompted by the loss of identity that accompanied her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and subsequent lost memories, Murdock offers that perhaps the faithful recording of the past isn’t where the strength of memoir lies. Instead, Murdock looks at the basic components of memoir writing and the process of self-reflection it requires as they bring awareness to the underlying patterns of life. This captivating treatise on the corruptibility of memory, willed identity and the self as reflected through the lens of memoir speaks to all attracted to this most intimate of genres, and provides tools for exploration of the self and soul through personal narrative.

About Maureen Murdock

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Maureen Murdock is a licensed family therapist in private practice in Venice, California, and teaches in the UCLA Extension Writer's Program. She is also the internationally published author of "The Heroine's Journey, Spinning Inward, "and" Fathers' Daughters." "The Heroine's Journey Workbook" grew out of her work with women in therapy and workshops conducted throughout North America over the past twenty years.
Published May 1, 2003 by Seal Press. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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If, as Murdock says, we use memory to create our identities, then at last there's an explanation for why members of a single family will remember in radically different ways an event that affected them all.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

In the process of writing about our lives, says psychotherapist and author Maureen Murdock, we have to leave things out.

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