Violation: Collected Essays

Violation: Collected Essays

by Sallie Tisdale


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GROUNDBREAKING. A career-defining book. -The New Yorker

Sallie Tisdale is the author of seven books on such varied subjects as medical technology, her pioneer ancestors, and Buddhist women teachers. Her many essays have appeared in Harper's, Conjunctions, The New Yorker, Antioch Review, The Threepenny Review, and many other journals. This first collection of work spans 30 years and includes an introduction and brief epilogues to each essay. Tisdale's questing curiosity pursues subjects from the biology of flies to the experience of working in an abortion clinic, why it is so difficult to play sports with men, and whether it's possible for writers to tell the truth. She restlessly returns to themes of the body, the family, and how we try to explain ourselves to each other. She is unwilling to settle for easy answers, and she finds the ambiguity and wonder underneath ordinary events. The collection includes a recent essay never before published, about the mystery of how we present

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ISBN-13: 9780990437086
Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sallie Tisdale is the author of seven books, including Talk Dirty to Me (Doubleday, 1994) and The Best Thing I Ever Tasted (Riverhead, 2000), a finalist for the James Beard Award for Writing. Her memoir Stepping Westward (Henry Holt, 1992) was named one of the 100 Notable Books of the West. Her most recent book is Women of the Way (HarperCollins, 2006). Her essays have appeared in such publications as Harper’s, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, The Threepenny Review, The New Yorker, Tricycle, Creative Nonfiction, and Esquire. Tisdale is the 2013 recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Literary Fellowship. She has received an NEA Fellowship in Belle Lettres, a Pushcart Prize, the James Phelan Literary Award, the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award, and a Pope Foundation Award, and she was a Dorothy and Arthur Shoenfeldt Distinguished Writer of the Year.

Tisdale’s essay Scars won the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education National Gold Medal for feature writing. Her work has been reprinted in many anthologies, including Best American Spiritual Writing, Best Buddhist Writing, and Best American Science Writing. She has been a guest writer and teacher at several institutions, including the University of California, Davis, the University of Montana, New York University, the Medill School of Journalism, Antioch University West, Reed College, and the Omega Institute. She was a judge for the National Book Award in 2010. She is a member of PEN. She lives in Portland, OR.

Table of Contents

Introduction 17

Orphans 21

Fetus Dreams 27

The Only Harmless Great Thing 39

Burning For Daddy 83

Gentleman Caller 93

The Weight 97

The Happiest Place On Earth 111

Meat 123

The Basement 135

The World Made Whole and Full of Flesh 145

Big Ideas 151

The Hounds of Spring 159

Temporary God 171

Crossing to Safety 175

Recording 179

Violation 189

Second Chair 203

The Birth 213

Scars 223

On Being Text 231

Balls 243

Chemo World 251

Twitchy 275

The Sutra of Maggots and Blowflies 287

Falling 313

Here Be Monsters 323

The Indigo City 333

So Long As I Am With Others 347

Publication notes 357

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