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A Book of Memories

by Lois Lowry

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-544-80796-9
Publisher: HMH Books

In an updated edition of her photographic memoir originally published in 1998, Lowry offers reflections on life, work, and literature.

“Why do you and I have to hold these memories?” Jonas asks in The Giver (1993). “It gives us wisdom,” The Giver answers. As Alice Hoffman writes in a new introduction to this edition, “This charming volume,” like The Giver, “is also about memory.” Like the original, this engaging and accessible collection of memories is a scrapbook of family photographs, the prose serving as captions—short and long—to fill in the stories behind the pictures. “More!” Lowry’s children and grandchildren would say when she finished a read-aloud book. “More!” she would say upon closing a favorite. And “More!” is a theme here, too, with new chapters about her children, grandchildren, losses, goodbyes, honors, and surprises. There’s even a chapter on the making of the movie version of The Giver. Though more is not always better, it is here, making this volume even better than the original—fuller and wiser in its Giver-like understanding of the role of memory and of literature in our lives. A new cover photograph, smaller trim size, and sharper black-and-white photographs contribute to a handsome volume that ought to find a new generation of readers.

Timeless and wise.

(Memoir. 10 & up)