Veracious means speaking or representing the truth. Non-fiction is the genre which does this, and a sub-genre I love to relate to is memoirs, diaries and autobiographies.
A Historical account or biography written from personal knowledge
A book in which one keeps a daily record of events and experiences.
An account of someone’s life (Autobiography is written by the individual, biographies are written by someone else.
One of the original forms of story-telling is sharing stories about the self and others . This form of story-telling still lives on, there is something we love about hearing about others. Why else would reality TV be the nation’s guilty pleasure?
Hearing someone’s life can be powerful, that alone can motivate and inspire, it can bring you out of that dark place, and even shed a little light on this journey we call life. A strong enough story can reshape beliefs and core understandings. Working in customer service has taught me one thing: People like people, whilst machines are convenient, human contact is something we can connect with and secretly yearn for. Personally, I find a similar connection with reading an admirable person’s life. We need some reassurance that even the best have had it tough, and they are still human, with thoughts, feelings, families and hobbies.
“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.”
― Thomas M. Cirignano, The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic
“You cannot open a book without learning something.”