The Essential Questions
Interview Your Family to Uncover Stories and Bridge Generations
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Just as the oral histories of people around the world are disappearing amid rapid change, there is a risk that your family’s personal stories, too, will be lost forever. In The Essential Questions, anthropologist Elizabeth Keating helps you to uncover the unique memories of your parents and grandparents and to create lasting connection with them in the process.
If like many people today you seek to learn more about your family history, how do you get beyond familiar anecdotes and avoid the frustration of oppositional generational attitudes? By asking questions that make the familiar strange, anthropologists are able to see entirely different perspectives and understand new cultures. Drawing on her lifelong work in this field, Keating has developed a set of questions that treat your parents and grandparents not just as the people who raised you, but as individuals of a certain society and time, and as the children, teenagers, and young adults they once were. The Essential Questions helps you to learn about the history of your elders, to see the world through their eyes, and to honor the language they choose to describe their experiences.
The Essential Questions: Interview Your Family to Uncover Stories and Bridge Generations (Penguin Random House) is a guide for families to learn more about their family history, to make sure they don’t find themselves saying “I wish I’d asked my mother that,” or “I wish I knew more about granddad when he was a boy.”
Uncover new sides of family members you’ve known your entire life with this indispensable guide that includes space for journaling.