Life’s moments still matter to Trafford author Jakiela – Tribune

Memoirs were once a person’s “whole life story from birth to almost death, or birth to fame,â€� according to Lori Jakiela.

But the Trafford native, who has now penned three memoirs, including the recently published “Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe� (Atticus Books, $14.95), says that the genre has evolved.

“Now, at least in American literature, we think of memoir as moments in a life,� Jakiela says. “Moments that are transforming, moments that are things you want to unpack because they make up who you are. So you isolate them.� The new memoir follows “Miss New York Has Everything� (2006) and “The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious� (2013). Jakiela, who still lives in Trafford, teaches in the writing programs at the University of Pittsburgh — Greensburg and Chatham University.

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