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Great Gifts for Memoir Fans!

'Tis the season to please the memoir fanatic in your life with a special gift. If you’re trying satisfy a storyteller or a story appreciator check out these holiday First Person Arts shopping picks!

Pick #1 First Person Arts StorySlam Six-Pack
Treat the StorySlam fan in your life to six Slam admissions at World Cafe Live and L’Etage for just $50! This pack can be used for multiple Slams over the 2011-2012 season or to bring a big group to one slam. Buy a Six Pack here.

Pick #2 An Evening with Ira Glass and the New Kings of Non-Fiction

So many great storytelling voices in one funny show! On this live recording you'll hear from Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Orlean, and Chuck Klosterman. Each author shares a surprising incite into their life and life’s work. Give the commuter in your life a new CD for the road! Buy the recording for $10 here.

Pick #3 Mom: A Celebration of Mothers

How about treating mom to a book that celebrates her existence? This StoryCorps project presents the experience of American Moms from all walks of life and explores the meaning of family and the special bond between mother and child. Buy this gift for Mom here.

Pick #4 FOUND’s Seventh Heaven Holiday Pack

Oh boy, do I love Found Magazine and this gift pack is seriously sweet! Seven issues with over 700 pages of found items for $29 bucks. Dare I say, six issues for you and one for a friend!? Buy this sweet seven-pack here.

Pick #5 Minor Characters

This compelling memoir written by the friend and lover of Jack Kerouac paints a vivid picture of NYC in the 50’s and 60’s and the individuals who are recognized as the Beat Generation. A nice gift for the liberal arts student or aging hippie in your life. Buy the Joyce Johnson Memoir here.

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Pick #6 Six Words About Work
Anyone, no matter how busy their work schedule, can spare a moment to read for pleasure if the stories are six-words long! The latest from SmithMag, Six Words About Work, has over 400 short (teeny-tiny!) stories that explore why people do what they do, lessons learned in the work place and tricks to navigate the professional world. Buy the book of mini stories here.

Pick #7 Six Word Game
The perfect way to develop a keen sense of six word story-telling! Your memoir fanatic will love the challenge of defining and deciphering famous people and places in exactly six words and the fun of competing with friends. Buy some fun in a box here.

Pick #8 When You Are Engulfed in Flames

This is an oldy but a goody! We all know someone who appreciates dark humor. Give the gift of a David Sedaris story collection in which he shares his fascination with dead bodies, his recollections on poor clothing choices and oh, so much more. Buy the gift of David Sedaris here

Pick #9 Blue Nights
Author of one of my favorite fictional works, Play it as it Lays, Joan Didion has written several gripping memoirs both in essay form and for the stage. In her new book Blue Nights, Didion shares her story of grappling with grief after the loss of her daughter. “We all survive more than we think we can.” -Didion
Buy this new memoir here.

Pick #10 100th Anniversary Mug
Quirky Mug- The gift that never fails! Have your favorite Documentary Art fanatic wake up each morning by sipping a cup of jo with Ira Glass and the future faces of This American Life! Story telling+warm beverage=happiness! Buy this quirky mug here.

-Jeanne (FPA Marketing Intern)

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  • Date: April 30, 2019
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