January Virtual Book Club

Marilea C. Rabasa
Stepping Stones: A Memoir of Addiction, Loss, and Transformation
January 14, 2021
4 PM PST | 5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST

Writing, for me, is self-discovery, and the healing that it has led me to has been a blessing. When I write about the pain in my heart, the mud often sinks to the bottom and I can see things more clearly. It’s a clarification process. But I have to dig down to China to get there. How honest can we be in the telling of our stories? It’s a brave endeavor, but the rewards are great. If memoir is about the truth of memory, not history, then there’s a lot of wiggle room when revealing our “truths.” Others in our lives may remember things differently, and that’s okay. I was careful to confine my story to my own recollections. It’s the memoirist’s perception of events that matter: all the feelings and surroundings are unique to the author; therein lies the story’s inherent viewpoint.