In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Literary Collections - 440 pages
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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A collection of essays drawn from Creative Nonfiction magazine. All are followed by short comments on the pieces by the authors, who also each with a short paragraph of advice for aspiring writers ... Read full review

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To mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of Creative Nonfiction , editor Gutkind has collected 25 essays from this literary journal, which celebrates a genre that embraces such fiction techniques ... Read full review


Looking at Emmett Till
An Album Quilt
Dinner at Uncle Boriss
Prayer Dogs
What Is It We Really Harvestin Here?
Killing Wolves
Being Brians
Adventures in Celestial Navigation
A Walk Through
Thinking with a Damaged Brain
Joe Stopped By
Sam Pèdi
Going Native
MixedBlood Stew

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

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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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