The Stories We Tell: Classic True Tales by America's Greatest Women Journalists

The Stories We Tell: Classic True Tales by America's Greatest Women Journalists

by Patsy Sims (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998079318
Publisher: The Sager Group LLC
Publication date: 08/27/2017
Series: TSG's Women in Journalism Series , #3
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Patsy Sims is an award-winning journalist and the author of three books. She is the past director of Goucher College's MFA program in creative nonfiction.

Table of Contents

xiii Introduction by Patsy Sims

2 They Were Commandos by Madeleine Blais

After near-perfect seasons tarnished by losses in the state championships, the Amherst High School girls’ basketball team might finally change its story.

18 The Cheerleaders by E. Jean Carroll

The tiny town of Dryden, New York, endures a strange, five-year string of murders, car accidents, and suicides—all of it tied to two popular high school cheerleaders.

38 Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream by Joan Didion

In this New Journalism classic, a suburban California woman is convicted of burning her husband to death in their family Volkswagen.

56 Wonder Dog by Melissa Fay Greene

How a family struggling with a child’s serious cognitive and behavioral disabilities finds peace and reassurance with an assistance dog.

72 Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family by Lis Harris

A rare glimpse inside the Hasidic Jewish community of Brooklyn, New York—how an ancient and traditional culture is adapting to life in the modern age.

82 The Last Day by Robin Marantz Henig

A compelling profile of prominent psychologist and professor Sandy Bem, who voluntarily ended her life before succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease.

102 On the Bus with B.B. King by Gerri Hirshey

On the road with the great blues man and his beloved guitar, Lucille. Classic music journalism by Rolling Stone’s first female contributing editor.

124 Nureyev Dancing in His Own Shadow by Elizabeth Kaye

Celebrated and famously volatile ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, captured intimately at the end of a glorious career.

148 The New Face of Richard Norris by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Richard Norris undergoes complex transplant surgery, giving him a new face and a new life, but leaving him with many of the same problems.

170 The Troubled Life of Boys by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

A look at high school boys as they struggle with the changing perceptions of masculinity in the feminist culture of the 1990s.

184 Prodigal Daughter by Jill Lepore

A writer researching a book about Ben Franklin’s extraordinary sister Jane finds illuminating connections to her own spirited, artistic mother.

200 The Split by Suzannah Lessard

In Manhattan, the opulent Upper East Side, one of the nation’s richest neighborhoods, gives way to Harlem, one of the poorest.

216 Yuja Wang and the Art of Performance by Janet Malcolm

The young pianist is known not only for the brilliance of her music, but also for her dramatic, often surprisingly sexy outfits.

234 La Matadora Revisa Su Maquillaje (The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup) by Susan Orlean

Every time Cristina Sanchez kills a bull, she presents an unforgettable tableau—a self-possessed young woman elegantly and lethally playing out an ancient masculine ritual.

250 Takes on the Town by Lillian Ross

For decades, Lillian Ross’s inspired short gems have set the gold standard for The New Yorker’s iconic Talk of the Town section.

266 Kid, Twelve by Susan Sheehan

The Tomberlind family represents millions of America’s working poor. They’re not on welfare, don’t live below the poverty line. And yet they struggle every day to get by.

288 Mrs. Kennedy at the Moment by Gloria Steinem

An intimate portrait of Jackie Kennedy as she confronts difficult decisions in the year following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

304 Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives by Mimi Swartz

What happens to women in Texas as the state wages war on Planned Parenthood, cuts family planning funding, and passes new sonogram laws?

326 My Breast by Joyce Wadler

374 Soul Survivor by Isabel Wilkerson

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