Synopses & Reviews
'Anyone still asking, \'What is creative nonfiction?\' will find the answer in this collection of artfully crafted, true stories. Selected by Lee Gutkind, the \'godfather behind creative nonfiction,\' and the staff of Creative Nonfiction
, these stories\'\"ranging from immersion journalism to intensely personal essays\'\"illustrate the genre\"s power and potential. Edwidge Danticat recalls her Uncle Mo»se\"s love of a certain four-letter word and finds in his abandonment of the word near the end of his life the true meaning of exile. In \'Literary Murder,\' Julianna Baggott traces her roots as a novelist to her family\"s \'strange, desperate (sometimes conniving and glorious) past\' and writes about her decision, in The Madam
, to kill off a character based on her grandfather. And Sean Rowe explains why, if you must
get arrested, Selma, Alabama, is the place to do it. This exciting and expansive array of works and voices is sure to impress and delight.
From Lee Gutkind, the "Godfather behind creative narrative nonfiction" (), and the staff of the landmark literary journal comes 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 and a reporter, 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 , 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 continues to engage and delight with exceptional work from writers old and new.
"Blending precise research and astute observation with flavorful, fascinating narratives."--, starred review (for Vol. 1)
Narrative nonfiction at its cutting-edge best from writers at the cusp of recognition and fame.
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 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.