Looking Back : a book of memories

by Lois Lowry

Other authorsAlice Hoffman (Writer Of Foreword.)
Paper Book, 2016




Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]


Using family photographs and quotes from her books, the author provides glimpses into her life.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Whisper1
Newbery medal and honor award winning author Lois Lowry takes us on a journey throughout her life. This is a stellar book, filled with hope, sadness, joy and the sheer beauty of living life to the fullest.

Each chapter begins with a quote from one of her many books with an accompanying photo. We
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learn how her life inspired her works.

This was such a wonderful, pleasant read that I hated to see it end. This is what good writing is with each word, each phrase a delighful tidbit to savor!

Highly recommend
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LibraryThing member kairstream
Lois Lowry's life in pictures. The author uses old family photos to explore her life and the writing process.
LibraryThing member bemislibrary
This is a memoir of moments that happened in the author's life that influence her writing process. The book ranged from one paragaph to one page snapshots with pictures to highlight the themes.
LibraryThing member CLDoyle
Appropriate grade level for this book would be 4th grade to7th grade. This book hasn't received any awards. This book is about Lois Lowry and where she gets all of her ideas from. Lowry answers questions through recollections of childhood friends, pictures and memories that explore her rich family
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history. She recounts the pivital moments that inspired her writing, describing how they magically turned into fiction along the complicated road of life. Uses in the classroom for this book would be to have the students create their own book of memories and create a timeline for each thing that they can recall.
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LibraryThing member alexcirasuolo
This is an award-winning memoir. It is beautifully written and the stories she shares are timeless. The photographs are incredible! It is truly exceptional!
LibraryThing member bereneezypie
I loved how casually Lowry wrote this, it wasn't some boring page by page biography one might find on Wikipedia. When you read it, it felt like she was speaking it. I would have to agree that higher-grade level students should read this, but if one was doing an author study on Lois Lowry I think
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this book would be fine to share as a group.
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LibraryThing member SadieCooney
Looking Back is a book from Lois Lowry's life events told form her own point of view. I loved her book The Giver and especially loved this book. She included personal books and personal stories from her childhood, motherhood, and being a grandmother. She included quotes from her books and it was
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very enjoyable.
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LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
An interesting approach to biography writing. Lowry chooses to illuminate snapshot moments of her life in a way that also illustrates to her fans where she gets her book ideas. Each passage is no more than two pages and is illustrated by black and white family photos. Touching.


Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Middle Grade — 2001)
Orbis Pictus Award (Recommended Title — 1999)



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