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In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction



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Creative nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, liberated journalism by inviting writers to dramatize, interpret, speculate, and even re-create their subjects. Lee Gutkind collects twenty-five essays that flourished on this new ground, all originally published in the journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now celebrating its tenth anniversary. Lauren Slater is a therapist in the institution where she was once a patient. John Edgar Wideman reacts passionately to the unjust murder of Emmett Till. Charles Simic tells of wild nights with Uncle Boris. John McPhee creates a rare, personal, album quilt. Terry Tempest Williams speaks on the decline of the prairie dog. Madison Smartt Bell invades Haiti. Many of the writers are crossing genres?rom poetry and fiction to nonfiction?ymbolic of Creative Nonfiction's scope and popularity.A cross section of the famous and those bound to become so, this collection is a riveting experience highlighting the expanding importance of this dramatic and exciting new genre.

Author Biography

Lee Gutkind, proclaimed the "Godfather behind creative nonfiction" by Vanity Fair, is a University of Pittsburgh writing program professor

Table of Contents

Introduction: Notes for Young Writersp. XI
The Creative Nonfiction Police?p. XIX
Acknowledgmentsp. XXXV
Three Spheresp. 3
Looking at Emmett Tillp. 24
Shunnedp. 49
An Album Quiltp. 71
Dinner at Uncle Boris'sp. 85
Prayer Dogsp. 92
What Is It We Really Harvestin' Here?p. 109
The Brown Studyp. 119
Killing Wolvesp. 133
Being Briansp. 163
Language at Playp. 174
Finders Keepers: The Story of Joey Coylep. 189
Notes from a Difficult Casep. 226
Adventures in Celestial Navigationp. 245
Leaving Babylon: A Walk Through the Jewish Divorce Ceremonyp. 269
Gray Area: Thinking with a Damaged Brainp. 288
Joe Stopped Byp. 307
In the Woodsp. 318
Sa'm Pedip. 331
Going Nativep. 356
Chimerap. 368
Mixed-Blood Stewp. 382
Why I Ridep. 395
Delivering Lilyp. 419
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