Using a new model for the classification of types of readings, this book shows how to read, analyze and interpret life story materials. The authors introduce four models: holistic-content reading; holistic-form reading; categorical-content reading; and categorical-form reading. They present two complete narratives so that readers can compare the authors' interpretations against the actual text as well as analyze the stories on their own. The subsequent chapters provide readings, interpretations and analyses of the narrative data from the models.

Demonstrative Life Stories

This chapter presents two life stories from our midlife group that were obtained in the study. These stories will be used in following chapters to demonstrate various kinds of reading and analysis. All names used in this chapter, as well as in the entire book, were changed to protect the narrators' privacy.1


Sara is 42 years old. She was interviewed by Amia Lieblich.

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