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The Best Creative Nonfictionby Lee Gutkind
Synopses & Reviews
From Lee Gutkind, the "Godfather behind creative narrative nonfiction" (Vanity Fair), and the staff of the landmark literary journal Creative Nonfictioncomes this fresh collection of fact-based personal narratives, mined from literary blogs, 'zines, and other fringe publications. In "My Glove: A Biography," Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freakand a Wall Street Journalreporter, traces the history of his baseball glove'""the one thing I would be devastated to lose, my last, best connection to the baseball that defined my life as a kid"'"as he relinquishes it to the glove designer at Rawlings for an overhaul. Heidi Julavits, editor of The Believer, imagines a future in which book-related fatalities'""Death of the intellect is one thing, but actual death is quite another"'"revolutionize the writer's market. This new volume of The Best Creative Nonfictioncontinues to engage and delight with exceptional work from writers old and new.
Intelligent but accessible, and often poignant . . . [by] the biggest talents on the essay and blog beat. Publishers Weekly (on Vol. 2)
Narrative nonfiction at its cutting-edge best from writers at the cusp of recognition and fame.
"Blending precise research and astute observation with flavorful, fascinating narratives."'"Publishers Weekly, starred review (for Vol. 1)
A third collection of top-selected creative non-fiction writings ranges from immersion journalism to personal essays to explore the genre's potential and influence, in a volume that includes pieces by such writers as Edwidge Danticat, Julianna Baggott, and Sean Rowe. Original.
Lee Gutkind, proclaimed the "Godfather behind creative nonfiction" by Vanity Fair, along with the staff of his landmark journal Creative Nonfiction, has culled alternative publications, 'zines, blogs, podcasts, literary journals, and other often overlooked publications in search of new voices and innovative ideas'"essays and articles written with panache and power."The Truth About Cops and Dogs," by Rebecca Skloot, describes a vicious pack of wild dogs, preying on the domesticated pets of Manhattan. Monica Wojcik's "The w00t Files," for the chic geek crowd, comes directly from John McPhee's famous Literature of Fact workshop at Princeton, a launching pad for famous young writers. Daniel Nestor, of McSweeney'sand Bookslut, explains James Frey, while the very overweight Michael Rosenwald becomes a Popular Sciencenearly nude centerfold in a quest for knowledge about high-tech diagnostics.
About the Author
Lee Gutkindis the founder and editor of the literary journal Creative Nonfictionand a pioneer in the field of narrative nonfiction. Writer-in-residence at Arizona State University, Gutkind is also the editor of In Fact, the author of Almost Human, and has written books about baseball, health care, travel, and technology.
Table of Contents
Introduction : Agent of change / Lee Gutkind — An insider's guide to jailhouse cuisine : dining in / Sean Rowe — Literary murder / Julianna Baggott — Rock dust / Stan Badgett — Show, don't tell / The education of Oronte Churm (InsideHigherEd.com) — The rope swing, the swastika, the oldest whale I know / Scott Black — Table of figures / Brenda Miller — Okahandja lessons / Emily Rapp — No other joy / DBDSN (steenablog.blogspot.com) — First year / Laura Bramon Good — Letter from a Japanese crematorium / Marie Mutsuki Mockett — Uncle Mose / Edwidge Danticat — The face od Seung-Hui Cho / Wesley Yang — The poet's mother's deathbed conversion / Jeffreyethanlee.blogstot.com — The storyteller / Planetmexicali.squarespace.com — Lavish dwarf entertainment / Alice Dreger — Chicago transit priority / Wood-Tang.com — Grasshopper / Margaret Conway — What comes out / Dawnelle Wilkie — (names have been changed) / Steal Your Imagination (web.mac.com/irishdoyle) — Comunity college / Tim Bascom — Cantata 147 : the final chorale / Amy Andrews — I can't answer / Spade's a spade, or the burden of being right (open.salon.com) — An open letter / First draft: laying down the words (kathyrhodes.wordpress.com) — A perfunctory affair / Chris Cobb — Return to Hayneville / Gregory Orr.
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