For the Archives: Chronicles of the Everyday

Volume 1: Love and Motherhood

Non-Fiction - Memoir
79 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2014
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Author Biography

Jessica Dofflemyer is an artist, writer, photographer, and mother living on a small Hawaiian island. Her blog, "For the Archives," began as a 40-day experiment to chronicle everyday experiences raising her six-year-old son on her own. What evolved is now a collection of prose, poetry, and photography that seeks to find the profound in the mundane details of daily life. Dofflemyer's blog has archived over 700 postings and has been featured as a Wordpress "Freshly Pressed" selection.

Her photography has been published in the Pacific Writer's Connection anthology, "Ho'olaule'a: Celebrating Ten Years of Pacific Writing," and she continues to post her daily chronicles to the Archives at

Her photography and art can also be viewed at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

For the Archives: Chronicles of the Everyday is a nonfiction book by Jessica Dofflemyer about her everyday life. It is a compilation of postings from her blog, detailing events of a particular day or just giving details of certain events and her feelings about them. It centers on her single-mother life with her 6-year-old son and the appreciation she has for the simple things in their life. Using stories, conversations between her and her son, or even poems sometimes, she tells tales of places she has been and things she has done, depicting simple things like her son rolling in the grass.

For the Archives: Chronicles of the Everyday by Jessica Dofflemyer is about enjoying everyday life and appreciating ordinary things. I found the stories very easy to relate to since these are some of the things I encounter in my life, plus she writes with a touch of subtle humor, which makes reading them even more enjoyable. Without putting much emphasis on it, she shows the pure love and joy that she gets while raising her son and her appreciation for this gift. It is a different type of memoir and I had a lot of fun reading it.