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Yours Truly

Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/24/2023

Yours Truly

An Obituary Writer's Guide to Telling Your Story

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696610483


In this surprisingly upbeat book about a usually downbeat subject, The Wall Street Journal's veteran obituary writer, James R. Hagerty, shares his unique skills with those who want to have the last word by crafting their own stories in their own voices—with flourish, honesty, and even humor.

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Product Description

Someday, your life story is likely to be boiled down to a few lines. If you leave things to chance, your obituary is almost sure to be solemn, formulaic, and full of errors—an obligatory final chapter written in haste by others. James R. Hagerty, longtime obit writer for The Wall Street Journal, knows how to get the job done right: Do it yourself, starting now, while you still can.

In this heartfelt and reassuring guide, Hagerty explains how to preserve your personal history—from crafting a brief obituary for newspapers and websites, to a more thoughtful and detailed mini-memoir for those close to you. Through his personal stories, on-the-job anecdotes, and insights, you will learn what to include, what to leave out, and how to provide historical context, record oral histories, and make the most of details, all with candor and wit. Best of all, you'll find that reviewing your life story helps you think about what you're doing with your time on Earth and whether you're on the right path. It isn't too late to improve the narrative with a stronger ending.

Telling your story your way can be the best gift you ever give to friends and loved ones—and yourself.


"Throughout the book, Hagerty shares interviews, anecdotes, and examples to illustrate the value of personal stories. The audiobook is read by the author and told in a friendly, humorous, and upbeat tone. Readers will find themselves inspired to reflect on their life stories." —Booklist

Author Bio

James R. Hagerty is an author and journalist who has worked at The Wall Street Journal for nearly forty years. He is the paper's only fulltime obituary writer. His article "An Obituary Writer Writes One for Himself" drew an outpouring of reader responses, which inspired his book, Yours Truly.