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Would This Be Considered a Memoir?

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Quiggs1982

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My mother passed away a little over two weeks ago. I would like to write a book honoring her life. My idea is to write a book about lessons my mother taught me. Not actual lessons, but as in looking back at how she lived her life and using that to explain what it taught me about living my own life.

Would this be considered a memoir? Or is it some other kind of book?
 

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I'm sorry for your loss.

I think if you write the book from your point of view in first person-- for example, "I Remember Mama", then it'd be a memoir.

If you write it in third person, telling about her without putting you in the story, it'd be a biography.
 

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My mother passed away a little over two weeks ago. I would like to write a book honoring her life. My idea is to write a book about lessons my mother taught me. Not actual lessons, but as in looking back at how she lived her life and using that to explain what it taught me about living my own life.

Would this be considered a memoir? Or is it some other kind of book?

It could be, but does the genre really matter at this point? I think you have an excellent idea, and I'd recommend you start off with outlining or writing down the stories that stand out. Worry about the particulars later.
 

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