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If Philip Lopate's anthology The Art of the Personal Essay was the "show," this perfect shelf-mate is the "tell." In this long-promised book, Lopate expostulates on the craft of writing literary nonfiction. This deceptively simple genre actually requires artful maneuvering: Even inserting yourself as a character in an essay without usurping your subject is seldom achieved as easily as practitioners first imagine. To Show and To Tell qualifies as a navigation guide for writers and readers who wonder how great things get done. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original.