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True stories, well told : from the first 20 years of creative nonfiction Magazine
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This aptly titled collection pulled from the archives of Creative Nonfiction magazine includes essays on subjects that range from the humorous-Sonya Huber learns to let go of hatred by meditating on an infant Dick Cheney in giraffe pajamas-to the painfully incisive, such as Toi Derricotte's examination of the behaviors she learned from her abusive father. If the only common thread here is genre, the book raises the question: what is creative nonfiction? "Like pornography, you don't need a definition," jokes Susan Orlean in the introduction. Editor Gutkind contributes a history of the genre and recounts founding the magazine in the closing essay. The mission of the magazine and, by extension, this book, is to give readers the "core and fiber of the genre" and thereby define creative nonfiction by example. The contributors, including Caitlyn Horrocks, Carolyn Forche, and Harrison Scott Key, and others, effectively create narrative intimacy. Moments of vulnerability will hit home with readers and bind these disparate essays into an emotionally coherent whole. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Creative nonfiction is the literary equivalent of jazz: it's a rich mix of flavors, ideas, voices, and techniques--some newly invented, and others as old as writing itself. This collection of 20 gripping, beautifully-written nonfiction narratives is as diverse as the genre Creative Nonfiction magazine has helped popularize. Contributions by Phillip Lopate, Brenda Miller, Carolyn Forche, Toi Derricotte, Lauren Slater and others draw inspiration from everything from healthcare to history, and from monarch butterflies to motherhood. Their stories shed light on how we live.<br>
Table of Contents
Introduction: You'll Know It When You Read It    Susan Orleanp. 7
Editors' Note: Why Creative Nonfiction Matters    Lee Gutkind and Hattie Fletcherp. 11
The Butterfly Effect    Jennifer Lundenp. 15
Charging Lions    Chester F. Phillipsp. 37
End of the Line    Jim Kennedyp. 53
The Wishbone    Harrison Scott Keyp. 63
Breastfeeding Dick Cheney    Sonya Huberp. 77
Teaching Death    Todd Mayp. 91
Self-Interview    Gordon Lishp. 101
Rachel at Work: Enclosed, a Mother's Report    Jane Bernsteinp. 107
Mrs. Kelly    Paul Austinp. 129
The World Without Us    Carolyn Forchép. 147
Scrambled Eggs    Marilyn A. Gelmanp. 159
Regeneration    Brenda Millerp. 169
Beds    Toi Derricottep. 175
The Heart    Jerald Walkerp. 195
Without a Map    Meredith Hallp. 201
Two on Two    Brian Doylep. 225
Pesäpallo: Playing at the Edge of the World    Caitlin Horrocksp. 229
'Mbriago    Louise DeSalvop. 245
Far, Far Away    Pria Anandp. 261
Night Rhythms    John T. Pricep. 277
Retrospective: The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting    Lee Gutkindp. 287
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