MINE: Essays

MINE: Essays

by Sarah Viren


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This is a book about ownership. It begins with an essay about being given a man's furniture while he's on trial for murder and follows with essays that question corporeal, familial, and intellectual forms of ownership. What does it mean to believe that a hand, or a child, or a country, or a story belongs to you? What happens if you realize you're wrong? Mining her own life and those of others, Sarah Viren considers the contingencies of ownership alongside the realities of loss in this debut essay collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826359544
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 501,445
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sarah Viren is a writer, translator, and former newspaper reporter. A graduate of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, she teaches at Arizona State University.

Table of Contents

My Murderer's Futon 1

My Catch 16

My Choice 27

My Hands 42

My Namesake 55

My Narrative Transformation 69

My Language 83

My Wife 97

My Possum 107

My Ballad for You 117

My Story 127

My Child 138

My Return 150

Coda 159

Acknowledgements 165

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