In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction

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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.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 in this new turf, all originally published in the groundbreaking journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now in ...

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Overview

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.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 in this new turf, all originally published in the groundbreaking journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now in its tenth anniversary year.Many of the writers here are crossing genres—from poetry to fiction to nonfiction. Annie Dillard provides the introduction, while Gutkind discusses the creative and ethical parameters of this new genre. The selections themselves are broad and fascinating. 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 contemplates raucous gatherings at his Uncle Boris's apartment, while John McPhee creates a rare, personal, album quilt of his own life. Terry Tempest Williams speaks on the decline of the prairie dog, and Madison Smartt Bell invades Haiti.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393326659
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 160,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of the literary journal Creative Nonfiction and a pioneer in the field of narrative nonfiction. Gutkind is also the editor of In Fact and Becoming a Doctor, the author of Almost Human, and has written books about baseball, health care, travel, and technology. A Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Tempe, Arizona.

Annie Dillard is a short story writer, novelist, and poet. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and has received fellowship grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. After living for five years in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives on the East Coast with her family.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : notes for young writers
The creative nonfiction police?
Three spheres 3
Looking at Emmett Till 24
Shunned 49
An album quilt 71
Dinner at Uncle Boris's 85
Prayer dogs 92
What is it we really harvestin' here? 109
The brown study 119
Killing wolves 133
Being Brians 163
Language at play 174
Finders keepers : the story of Joey Coyle 189
Notes from a difficult case 226
Adventures in celestial navigation 245
Leaving Babylon : a walk through the Jewish divorce ceremony 269
Gray area : thinking with a damaged brain 288
Joe stopped by 307
In the woods 318
Sa'm Pedi 331
Going native 356
Chimera 368
Mixed-blood stew 382
Why I ride 395
Delivering Lily 419
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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Collection of Creative Nonfiction

    If you are the least bit interested in creative nonfiction, you will love this collection of stories. You can read them as a consumer or read them as a writer. Either way you will learn something. I am about halfway through the collection, and I know that this is the best among the best creative nonfiction to date.

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