Suppose it's not a person's life stories you want to highlight, but stories surrounding a place? Many of us have places that hold special meaning for us--a family farm, a summer home, a city neighborhood or rural mountain ranch. Here are three examples of memoirs in which the place--not the person--is the star.
Here is a link to a great little article by memoir writing coach Marion Roach Smith. I love her concept of "taking a slice" out of a student's timeline and admonishing them to "just go from here to there."