“In theory these mementos serve to bring back the moment,” she writes in the book.
Fleeing their homes, many Syrians left behind middle-class lives; most arrived with none of the mementos that stir memory.
The room is deliciously crowded with books, photographs, and mementos—things Didion once treasured for the memories they evoked.
mementos from far-off wonderland are woven into the speech and character of the famous pair.
The father of her son looks into her eyes and points to the mementos of their early love.
These lads had picked up shells on and beneath the dock to keep as mementos of the "Battle."
The date showed that it had been given to her by his father, and the shirt and doll were mementos of him, her darling—of himself.
They also place them about and upon the dead bodies of their friends, as mementos of affection.
Only the day before he had found and destroyed a little hoard of mementos which seemed to reproach him with his lack of success.
Then she brought two other mementos and hung them also on the wall.
c.1400, "Psalm cxxxi in the Canon of the Mass" (which begins with the Latin word Memento and in which the dead are commemorated), from Latin memento "remember," imperative of meminisse "to remember, recollect, think of, bear in mind," a reduplicated form, related to mens "mind" (see mind (n.)). Meaning "reminder, object serving as a warning" is from 1580s; sense of "keepsake" is first recorded 1768.