People are constantly asking Newbery medalist Lois Lowry where she gets her ideas. In this fascinating memoir, Lowry answers this question through her recollections of childhood friends and through pictures and memories that explore her rich family history. Lois Lowry grew up in a country that was at war, and her family persevered through change and tragedy. Lois has also coped with the death of her son; her grandchildren are a source of hope and love to her. She recounts the pivotal moments that inspired her writing, describing how they magically turned into fiction along the complicated passage called life. Lowry's fans, and anyone interested in understanding the process of writing fiction, will benefit from this poignant trip through the past and the present of a remarkable writer.