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The very first words of my first book (The Strawberry Statement) were, "Who am I to write a book?" Forty-four years later, I'm still writing (Diary of a Company Man: Losing a Job, Finding a Life), and still asking that question -- and I'm not the only one. Yesterday, an aspiring author in a cancer survivors' writing group told me that she was worried that there was nothing to differentiate her story from a thousand others, and that "the last thing the world needs is another memoir." I reassured her that if you can get the truth onto the page, in your own voice, then you've written something unique, and people will want to read it. Am I right? I have my doubts. Have you ever noticed that most of the memoirs on bookstore shelves are either by famous people or people who've had extraordinary lives -- usually extraordinarily difficult lives of abuse and/or addiction? What do you think? Can an "ordinary" life provide the basis of a compelling memoir?