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Aug 11, 2010 7:04 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Memories On Hardback

One woman's memories are now reaching hundreds in hardback. An Acadiana author is putting nearly a century of life experience into a 350 page book.

92 year old Zoe Sagrera Lynch was born and raised on Cheniere au Tigre. It's a small island in Vermilion Parish. You can only get there by boat, and most of the land is private property. But now, Lynch is bringing the island to others through her new book. "My Memories of Cheneire au Tigre," is a collection of pictures and stories from Lynches past.

"I wanted to write for my own good. At my age I was beginning to forget some things... So, I wanted to share my memories from Cheniere au Tigre," said Lynch.

Lynch's daughters helped in the efforts. For the past 20 years they've gathered pictures and stories about life on the island from family members and neighbors. They say they thought the book was a great idea to preserve what may not be there in the future.

"After so many hurricanes and storms... hopefully it won't all be gone. We're really trying to save our coast," said Zoe's daughter Nora Lynch.

Zoe says the book not only preserves the history of the island, but also looks back at a time when things were not so complicated.

"I'm really proud of Mom and Nora for capturing a time when things were so much simpler. We were entertained by the simple things... A feather could entertain us," said Zoe's other daughter, Mary Lynch Courville.

"It was a wonderfu time. We would just hang out on the healing beach, do our chores, go to church. We followed our manners too," said Lynch.

"My Memories of Cheneire au Tigre" was published in July and has already sold hundreds of copies. Lynch has 500 autographed copies in stock at her home, ready for sale.

The book is currently being sold at Kaplan State Bank. You can also contact Nora Lynch at 652-4568.

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