In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction

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Lee Gutkind
W. W. Norton & Company - Literary Collections - 480 pages
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Twenty-five arresting selections from the groundbreaking journal that defined a 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 on this new ground, all originally published in the journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now celebrating its tenth anniversary. 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 tells of wild nights with Uncle Boris. John McPhee creates a rare, personal, album quilt. Terry Tempest Williams speaks on the decline of the prairie dog. Madison Smartt Bell invades Haiti. Many of the writers are crossing genres—from poetry and fiction to nonfiction—symbolic of Creative Nonfiction's scope and popularity. 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.
 

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Contents

Looking at Emmett Till
24
Shunned
49
An Album Quilt
71
Dinner at Uncle Boriss
85
Prayer Dogs
92
What Is It We Really Harvestin Here?
109
Killing Wolves
133
Being Brians
163
Adventures in Celestial Navigation
245
A Walk Through
269
Thinking with a Damaged Brain
288
Joe Stopped By
307
Sam Pèdi
331
Going Native
356
MixedBlood Stew
382
Ride
395

The Story of Joey Coyle
189
Notes from a Difficult Case
226
Delivering Lily
419
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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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