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Saving Our Lives: Volume One–Essays to Inspire the Writer in YOU

Volume One, winner of a 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, includes twenty-six essays to entertain you and over two hundred writing prompts to inspire you to save your life in writing – one story, observation or memory at a time.

For most of her life, D. Margaret Hoffman taught other people to write. By challenging herself to write an essay a week for a year, she learned first-hand that life is always there to hand us something more to say.

Saving Our Lives: Essays to Inspire the Writer in YOU was born of this challenge. Here Hoffman spills her life stories AND her writing secrets. It is a collection that unveils her strengths–observing life’s moments, reliving them in words and motivating others to do the same.

If you’ve always wanted to write, this is the book that will inspire you to DO it. If you’re looking for a book of essays that you can enjoy reading just because, that’s here, too. Chances are good that you will find yourself somewhere, somehow in these pages and you will be glad you came.

Hoffman’s essays will encourage you to pay attention to the life you live, to admire the details, to find the fun.

With humor and heart, they’ll convince you that your life, too, is worth saving–one story at a time.

Praise for Saving Our Lives

D. Margaret Hoffman’s essays reveal the hilarious negotiations we have with ourselves as we navigate a world that is not of our own design. Hoffman is part Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron (how we miss them!), part Sarah Vowell and David Sedaris, and, thrown into the mix, a little bit of Gail Collins and Roy Blount, Jr. But uniquely hers is a clear-eyed, honest purveyance of the brilliant detail that leaves the reader often smiling and mostly thinking—I know. I’ve been there. That’s exactly how it is!”

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, author of Girls of Tender Age

D. Margaret Hoffman’s frank and funny writing will inform, amuse and move you in this wonderful book of essays. She brings her own experiences to the reader while inviting personal responses. Be ready for a great ride every time you open to a new page.”

         Patrice Fitzgerald, bestselling author and CEO of eFitzgerald Publishing, LLC

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