Yours Truly: An Obituary Writer’s Guide to Telling Your Story by James R. Hagerty

We rarely think of telling our life stories for posterity, but James R. Hagerty, in his book Yours Truly: An Obituary Writer’s Guide to Telling Your Story, makes a strong—and often humorous—case for doing just that. As a professional obituarist with the Wall Street Journal, he pulls from a wealth of stories and obits that show those of us who believe our lives aren’t exciting or interesting enough to chronicle that there are gems and sparklers to be mined, revisited, and recorded. Laying out the mechanics and techniques needed to fashion one’s life story, Hagerty gives a solid road map to telling our stories in the best way possible whether a brief mention or an autobiographical offering.


James R. Hagerty is a long-time obituary writer for the Wall Street Journal. This book publishes December 27, 2022 by Citadel Press, Kensington Publishimg Corp.

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