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A collection of stories — some well known, some more obscure — capturing some of the best storytelling of this golden age of nonfiction.

An anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling, personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass, the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life.

These pieces — on teenage white collar criminals, buying a cow, Saddam Hussein, drunken British soccer culture, and how we know everyone in our Rolodex — are meant to mesmerize and inspire.

Review:

"'We're living in an age of great nonfiction writing,' says Glass, the host of the radio program This American Life, who picks out 14 of his favorite journalistic features from writers who are 'entertainers in the best sense of the word,' unafraid to insert their personal perspective into the stories they're telling. The collection really is front-loaded with 'kings' — with Susan Orlean and Coco Henson Scales the only female journalists included, despite any number of valid candidates. There's a greater problem with the anthology than its unintentional chauvinism, though. Far from 'new,' many of its components are more than a decade old — Lawrence Weschler's 'Shapinsky's Karma' dates to the mid-1980s — and several have already been published in other books, like the Malcolm Gladwell article that became a chapter in The Tipping Point or an extract from Bill Buford's Among the Thugs. That's not to say that the articles (and their authors) don't deserve the admiration Glass heaps upon them. The way that Michael Lewis teases out the family drama in the story of a teenage day trader who ran afoul of the SEC, for example, is breathtaking reportage and should be read and reread. For all its excellence, though, this anthology is less revelatory than it makes itself out to be.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The book is an addictive read all its own; it can also be a wonderful jumping-off point for readers to discover new authors, journals, or web sites with whom/which they may just want to spend more time. Recommended." Library Journal

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Designed to mesmerize and inspire, this anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling has been personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass, the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life.

Synopsis:

A collection of stories-some well known, some more obscure- capturing some of the best storytelling of this golden age of nonfiction.

An anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling, personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass, the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life.

These pieces-on teenage white collar criminals, buying a cow, Saddam Hussein, drunken British soccer culture, and how we know everyone in our Rolodex-are meant to mesmerize and inspire.

About the Author

Ira Glass is the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life. Author website: thislife.org.

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Chippeli, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Chippeli)
Another great effort by Ira Glass, who was the editor on this intelligent and thoughtful collection of non-fiction essays. Ira Glass' choices are informative, yet entertaining. I was instantly turned on to 3 new writers after reading this collection and jneust beginning to explore their other works. I recommend Billy Bryson's Among the Thugs as one of the great pieces of gonzo reporting that Ira Glass' collection turned me on to.
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1990, August 24, 2009 (view all comments by 1990)
I bought this book because I LOVE This American Life---the stories chosen in the book are really great and it;s worth reading.
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njcur, September 23, 2008 (view all comments by njcur)
Ira Glass of "This American Life" has collected some fascinating essays in this volume. An inside look at many things. Really a great read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594482670
Author:
Glass, Ira
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Editor:
Glass, Ira
Author:
Glass, Ira
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
United States Civilization 1970-
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.04 x 5.23 x 1 in 0.72 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'We're living in an age of great nonfiction writing,' says Glass, the host of the radio program This American Life, who picks out 14 of his favorite journalistic features from writers who are 'entertainers in the best sense of the word,' unafraid to insert their personal perspective into the stories they're telling. The collection really is front-loaded with 'kings' — with Susan Orlean and Coco Henson Scales the only female journalists included, despite any number of valid candidates. There's a greater problem with the anthology than its unintentional chauvinism, though. Far from 'new,' many of its components are more than a decade old — Lawrence Weschler's 'Shapinsky's Karma' dates to the mid-1980s — and several have already been published in other books, like the Malcolm Gladwell article that became a chapter in The Tipping Point or an extract from Bill Buford's Among the Thugs. That's not to say that the articles (and their authors) don't deserve the admiration Glass heaps upon them. The way that Michael Lewis teases out the family drama in the story of a teenage day trader who ran afoul of the SEC, for example, is breathtaking reportage and should be read and reread. For all its excellence, though, this anthology is less revelatory than it makes itself out to be.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The book is an addictive read all its own; it can also be a wonderful jumping-off point for readers to discover new authors, journals, or web sites with whom/which they may just want to spend more time. Recommended."
"Synopsis" by , Designed to mesmerize and inspire, this anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling has been personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass, the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life.
"Synopsis" by ,
A collection of stories-some well known, some more obscure- capturing some of the best storytelling of this golden age of nonfiction.

An anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling, personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass, the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life.

These pieces-on teenage white collar criminals, buying a cow, Saddam Hussein, drunken British soccer culture, and how we know everyone in our Rolodex-are meant to mesmerize and inspire.

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