In fact : the best of Creative nonfiction / edited by Lee Gutkind ; introduction by Annie Dillard

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Subjects: American essays
American prose literature--20th century
American prose literature--21st century
Reportage literature, American
Journalism--United States
American essays
American prose literature--20th century
American prose literature--21st century
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2005
LC Classification: P, PS
Table of Contents: Introduction : notes for young writers / Annie Dillard
The creative nonfiction police? / Lee Gutkind
Three spheres / Lauren Slater 3
Looking at Emmett Till / John Edgar Wideman 24
Shunned / Meredith Hall 49
An album quilt / John McPhee 71
Dinner at Uncle Boris's / Charles Simic 85
Prayer dogs / Terry Tempest Williams 92
What is it we really harvestin' here? / Ntozake Shange 109
The brown study / Richard Rodriguez 119
Killing wolves / Sherry Simpson 133
Being Brians / Brian Doyle 163
Language at play / Diane Ackerman 174
Finders keepers : the story of Joey Coyle / Mark Bowden 189
Notes from a difficult case / Ruthann Robson 226
Adventures in celestial navigation / Philip Gerard 245
Leaving Babylon : a walk through the Jewish divorce ceremony / Judyth Har-Even 269
Gray area : thinking with a damaged brain / Floyd Skloot 288
Joe stopped by / Andrei Codrescu 307
In the woods / Leslie Rubinkowski 318
Sa'm Pedi / Madison Smartt Bell 331
Going native / Francine Prose 356
Chimera / Gerald N. Callahan 368
Mixed-blood stew / Jewell Parker Rhodes 382
Why I ride / Jana Richman 395
Delivering Lily / Philip Lopate 419
Added Titles: Creative nonfiction
Alternate Title(s): Creative nonfiction.
Additional Authors: Gutkind, Lee
Notes: LCCN: 2004016506
ISBN: 0393326659 (pbk.)
EAN: 9780393326659
Contents: Introduction: Notes for young writers / Annie Dillard -- The creative nonfiction police? / Lee Gutkind -- Three spheres / Lauren Slater -- Looking at Emmett Till / John Edgar Wideman -- Shunned / Meredith Hall -- An album quilt / John McPhee -- Dinner at Uncle Boris's / Charles Simic -- Prayer dogs / Terry Tempest Williams -- What is it we really harvestin' here? / Ntozake Shange -- The Brown stody / Richard Rodriguez -- Killing wolves / Sherry Simpson -- Being Brians / Brian Doyle -- Language at play / Diane Ackerman -- Finders keepers: the story of Joey Coyle / Mark Bowden -- Notes from a difficult case / Ruthann Robson -- Adventures in celestial navigation / Philip Gerard -- Leaving Babylon: a walk through the Jewish divorce ceremony / Judyth Har-Even -- Gray area: thinking with a damaged brain / Floyd Skloot -- Joe stopped by / Andrei Codrescu -- In the woods / Leslie Rubinkowski -- Sa'm Pedi / Madison Smartt Bell -- Going native / Francine Prose -- Chimera / Gerald N. Callahan -- Mixed-blood stew / Jewell Parker Rhodes -- Why I ride / Jana Richman -- Delivering Lily / Phillip Lopate
Summary: Creative nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, liberated journalism by inviting writers to dramatize, interpret, speculate, and even re-create their subjects. Lee Gutkind collects twenty-five essays that flourished on this new ground, all originally published in the journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now celebrating its tenth anniversary. Lauren Slater is a therapist in the institution where she was once a patient. John Edgar Wideman reacts passionately to the unjust murder of Emmett Till. Charles Simic tells of wild nights with Uncle Boris. John McPhee creates a rare, personal, album quilt. Terry Tempest Williams speaks on the decline of the prairie dog. Madison Smartt Bell invades Haiti. Many of the writers are crossing genres--from poetry and fiction to nonfiction--symbolic of Creative Nonfiction's scope and popularity. A cross section of the famous and those bound to become so, this collection is a riveting experience highlighting the expanding importance of this dramatic and exciting new genre. A tenth anniversary collection of twenty-five narrative essays originally published in the journal, Creative Nonfiction, includes Lauren Slater's discussion of her work as a therapist at an institution where she was once a patient, John Edgar Wideman's passionate reaction to the murder of Emmett Till, and John McPhee's personal album quilt
Physical Description: xxxvi, 440 p. ; 21 cm
OCLC Number: 55981578
ISBN/ISSN: 0393326659
9780393326659

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