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Author Dick Guttman
Dick Guttman is an endangered species — an old-school press agent who maintains good relations with his star clients and with the people who cover them, while being a straight shooter to both.
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So, it was  Warren Beatty.
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We are pleased to announce the 10 finalists in our AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest. We received thousands of wonderful entries. For those who did not make the cut, we hope to reach out to at least some of you in the coming months to see how we might be able to help tell your stories as well.
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In 1969, at the age of 41, Maya Angelou, who died on May 28 at age 86 in Winston-Salem, N.C., published  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It was a memoir of her childhood and adolescent odyssey from Arkansas to California, during which she survived a cascade of traumatic events, including being raped by her mother's boyfriend at age seven and overcoming prejudice to become, at age 16, San Francisco's first black streetcar conductor.
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Calling all writers: Could you be the next Frank McCourt, Elizabeth Gilbert or Jeanette Walls - all authors of bestselling memoirs?
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Three years ago, magazine writer Katie Hafner's family was in turmoil. Her mother was 77 and at loose ends, cast adrift by her husband's incipient dementia (he had moved back in with his family of origin).
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"Most people think I'm a hard-drinking slut, but really I'm an angel of mercy."
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Last month I revisited my alma mater, Smith College in Northampton, Mass., to moderate a panel called "Empowering Young People Through Stories."
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Abigail Thomas has a thoughtful piece up on AARP on writing a memoir, saying, "To write a memoir, cultivate the habit of listening to yourself." Not only does she talk about her own personal journey towards and through memoir-writing, but gives us inspirational advice on how to tune into our inner writer, step by step.
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