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Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truthby Bill Roorbach
Synopses & Reviews
The most inclusive collection of creative nonfiction available, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth is the only anthology that brings together examples of all three of the main forms in the genre: the literary memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism. Featuring a generous and diverse sampling of more than sixty works, this collection includes beautiful, disturbing, and instructive works of literary memoir by such writers as Mary McCarthy, Annie Dillard, and Judy Ruiz; smart, funny, and moving personal essays by authors ranging from E.B. White to Phillip Lopate to Ntozake Shange; and incisive, vivid, and quirky examples of literary journalism by Truman Capote, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sebastian Junger, and many others. This unique volume also contains examples of captivating nature writing, exciting literary travel writing, brilliant essays in science, surprising creative cultural criticism, and moving literary diaries and journals, incorporating several classic selections to set a context for the contemporary work. The editor's general introduction and introductions to each of the five sections provide useful definitions, crucial history, critical context, and abundant issues to debate. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in creative nonfiction, literary journalism, essay writing, and all levels of composition, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth is also an essential resource for all nonfiction writers, from novices to professionals.
Table of Contents
SECTION 1. LITERARY DIARIES AND JOURNALS
from The Journals
from Journal of a Solitude
"From the Journals"
Edward Robb Ellis
from Diary of a Century
SECTION 2. LITERARY MEMOIR
"Snapshot of a Dog"
"Yonder Peasant, Who Is He?" from Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
from An American Childhood
Maxine Hong Kingston
"No Name Woman," from The Woman Warrior
"Notes on My Mother"
Andre Dubus III
"Tracks and Ties"
from The Kiss
from Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
"Lights of the Long Night" and "Husbands," from Broken Vessels
from Geography of the Heart
from The Liar's Club
"Oranges and Sweet Sister Boy"
"Sex and Death to the Age 14"
"A Federal Offense," from In Pharaoh's Army
Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb
"The Harvey Pekar Name Story"
SECTION 3. THE PERSONAL ESSAY
"Once More to the Lake"
"Equal in Paris," from Notes of a Native Son
"On Being the Target of Discrimination"
"That Old-Time Religion," from Womenfolks
"The Dead Father: A Rememberance of Donald Barthelme"
"At the University: Little Murders of the Soul"
"A Small Place"
"Body in Trouble," from Waist-High in the World
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"Current Events," from Colored People
"This is What You Need for a Happy Life"
"Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp"
"What Is It We Really Harvestin' Here?"
"How to Write a Personal Essay"
SECTION 4. LITERARY JOURNALISM
"The Fire," from Hiroshima
from In Cold Blood
"Illumination Rounds," from Dispatches
"The Turkey Shoot," from The Executioner's Song
"Last Words," from Shot in the Heart
"November 1987," from What Lisa Knew
"Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America"
"No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"
"Yeager," from The Right Stuff
"Summit, 1:25p.m., May 10, 1996, 29,028 Feet" from Into Thin Air
"The Zero-Moment Point," from The Perfect Storm
SECTION 5. THE ART OF THE PARTICULAR: CREATIVE NONFICTION CLASSIFIED BY SUBJECT
Memoir: "Havasu," from Desert Solitaire
Personal Essay: "Spring," from A Country Year
Literary Journalism: from Annals of the Former World
Memoir: "Lijiang," from Questions of Heaven
Naomi Shihab Nye
Personal Essay: "One Village"
Eddy L. Harris
Literary Journalism: from Mississippi Solo
THE SCIENCE ESSAY
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Memoir: from The Hidden Life of Dogs
Personal Essay: "The Medusa and the Snail"
Literary Journalism: "When Doctors Make Mistakes"
CREATIVE CULTURAL CRITICISM
Memoir: Music Is My Bag: Confessions of a Lapsed Oboist"
Personal Essay: from The Silent Woman
David Foster Wallace
Literary Journalism: "Shipping Out: On the (Nearly Lethal) Comforts of a Luxury Cruise
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