Last night I attended a reading at my university. Author Susan Kushner Resnick read from her bookYou Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me About Living, Dying, Loving, Fighting, and Swearing in Yiddish.
Hearing an author speak the words they wrote is such an intimate experience. As she read from her book, the images she painted were so clear that I felt as if I was witness to a private moment. I heard no wasted words. Her descriptions, deftly executed, seamlessly tied a scene or passage together.
As a first year student in my first memoir class, hearing and reading other non-fiction authors, I’m starting to see my weaknesses: unnecessary words, rambling long paragraphs and writing in the past tense. This doesn’t deter me in the least. In fact, hearing an author like Resnick is motivation.
Please check out her book, I plan to read asap!
Link to book info (take a look inside): http://www.amazon.com/You-Saved-Me-Too-Holocaust/dp/076278038X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334340436&sr=1-1