Synopses & Reviews
From memoir to journalism, personal essays to cultural criticism, this indispensable anthology brings together works from all genres of creative nonfiction, with pieces by fifty contemporary writers including Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, and more.
Selected by five hundred writers, English professors, and creative writing teachers from across the country, this collection includes only the most highly regarded nonfiction work published since 1970.
Contributers include: Jo Ann Beard, Wendell Berry, Eula Biss, Mary Clearman Blew, Charles Bowden, Janet Burroway, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Anne Carson, Bernard Cooper, Michael W. Cox, Annie Dillard, Mark Doty, Brian Doyle, Tony Earley, Anthony Farrington, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Diane Glancy, Lucy Grealy, William Harrison, Robin Hemley, Adam Hochschild, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver , Ted Kooser, Sara Levine, E.J. Levy, Phillip Lopate, Barry Lopez, Thomas Lynch, Lee Martin, Rebecca McCLanahan, Erin McGraw, John McPhee, Brenda Miller, Dinty W. Moore, Kathleen Norris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lia Purpura, Richard Rhodes, Bill Roorbach, David Sedaris, Richard Selzer, Sue William Silverman, Floyd Skloot, Lauren Slater, Cheryl Strayed, Amy Tan, Ryan Van Meter, David Foster Wallace, and Joy Williams.
An exceptional showcase of topflight memoir, literary journalism, personal essay, and cultural criticism, this uniquely comprehensive collection is the first and only creative nonfiction volume to cover all genres, from magazine writing to book excerpts.
About the Author
Lex Williford teaches in the bilingual writing program at the University of Texas, El Paso. He previously taught in the writing programs at Southern Illinois University and the University of Alabama. His collection of stories, Macauley's Thumb, was co-winner of the 1993 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. He lives with his wife in El Paso, Texas.Michael Martone has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Syracuse University. He is currently teaching at the University of Alabama, where he has directed the MFA Program in Creative Writing. Double-wide: Collected Fiction is his eighth book of stories. Racing in Place, his third book of nonfiction, will be published in 2008. He has edited six other volumes of prose including the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction with Lex Williford. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Table of Contents
The fourth state of matter / Jo Ann Beard -- Getting along with nature / Wendell Berry -- The pain scale / Eula Biss -- The unwanted child / Mary Clearman Blew -- Torch song / Charles Bowden -- Embalming Mom / Janet Burroway -- Physical evidence / Kelly Grey Carlisle -- The glass essay / Anne Carson -- Burl's / Bernard Cooper -- Visitor / Michael W. Cox -- Living like weasels / Annie Dillard -- Return to sender / Mark Doty -- Leap / Brian Doyle -- Somehow form a family / Tony Earley -- Kissing / Anthony Farrington -- The beautiful city of Tirzah / Harrison Candelaria Fletcher -- Sun dance / Diane Glancy -- Mirrorings / Lucy Grealy -- Present tense Africa / William Harrison -- Reading history to my mother / Robin Hemley -- World on a hilltop / Adam Hochschild -- A small place / Jamaica Kincaid -- High tide in Tucson / Barbara Kingsolver -- Small rooms in time / Ted Kooser -- The essayist is sorry for your loss / Sara Levine -- Mastering the art of French cooking / E. J. Levy -- Portrait of my body / Phillip Lopate -- Flight / Barry Lopez -- The undertaking / Thomas Lynch -- Sorry / Lee Martin -- Interstellar / Rebecca McClanahan -- Bad eyes / Erin McGraw -- The search for Marvin Gardens / John McPhee -- The date / Brenda Miller -- Son of Mr. Green Jeans / Dinty W. Moore -- Celibate passion / Kathleen Norris -- This is not who we are / Naomi Shihab Nye -- Autopsy report / Lia Purpura -- Watching the animals / Richard Rhodes -- Shitdiggers, mudflats, and the worm men of Maine / Bill Roorbach -- Repeat after me / David Sedaris -- Imelda / Richard Selzer -- The Pat Boone Fan Club / Sue William Silverman -- A measure of acceptance / Floyd Skloot -- Black swans / Lauren Slater -- The love of my life / Cheryl Strayed -- Mother tongue / Amy Tan -- If you knew then what I know now / Ryan Van Meter -- Consider the lobster / David Foster Wallace -- Hawk / Joy Williams.