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Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (2007)

by Lex Williford (Editor), Michael Martone (Editor)

Other authors: Jo Ann Beard (Contributor), Wendell Berry (Contributor), Eula Biss (Contributor), Mary Clearman Blew (Contributor), Charles Bowden (Contributor)45 more, Janet Burroway (Contributor), Kelly Grey Carlisle (Contributor), Anne Carson (Contributor), Bernard Cooper (Contributor), Michael W. Cox (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Contributor), Mark Doty (Contributor), Brian Doyle (Contributor), Tony Earley (Contributor), Anthony Farrington (Contributor), Harrison Candelaria Fletcher (Contributor), Diane Glancy (Contributor), Lucy Grealy (Contributor), William Harrison (Contributor), Robin Hemley (Contributor), Adam Hochschild (Contributor), Jamaica Kincaid (Contributor), Barbara Kingsolver (Contributor), Ted Kooser (Contributor), Sara Levine (Contributor), E. J. Levy (Contributor), Phillip Lopate (Contributor), Barry Lopez (Contributor), Thomas Lynch (Contributor), Lee Martin (Contributor), Rebecca McClanahan (Contributor), Erin McGraw (Contributor), John McPhee (Contributor), Brenda Miller (Contributor), Dinty W. Moore (Contributor), Kathleen Norris (Contributor), Naomi Shihab Nye (Contributor), Lia Purpura (Contributor), Richard Rhodes (Contributor), Bill Roorbach (Contributor), David Sedaris (Contributor), Richard Selzer (Contributor), Sue William Silverman (Contributor), Floyd Skloot (Contributor), Lauren Slater (Contributor), Cheryl Strayed (Contributor), Amy Tan (Contributor), Ryan Van Meter (Contributor), David Foster Wallace (Contributor), Joy Williams (Contributor)

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From memoir to journalism, personal essays to cultural criticism--this anthology brings together fifty works from all genres of creative nonfiction. --from back cover.

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There were several really great essays in this collection, and as an essayist, I got a lot of instruction and ideas for my own nonfiction writing. There were a handful that I didn't much care for, but that's almost always the case when it comes to large collections. I'd definitely recommend for writers and teachers as well as nonfiction readers.

My one gripe is with all anthologies that use a random organizational structure, like alphabetical order. It's probably great for people who like to skip around anyway, but I read everything front-to-back and like there to be some emotional story told through the arrangement of the pieces. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
I’ve been reading on this book, a dab at a time, all summer. It was the required reading for my personal essay writing class this summer. I went to look for it at B&N and it wasn’t there. I was happy to find I could download it, immediately, on my Kindle. An excellent use of my Kindle, as I could carry it with me to Utah and read it while waiting for an oil change and even just before I went to sleep. I had no idea the book had 576 pages; on the Kindle, all books feel equally light. So what about the…what do I call them? I want to call them stories, but I suppose, for accuracy’s sake, I will call them essays. Brilliant. Writing so good I could almost see the sheen of the words on my Kindle. But sad. All were sad. No happy stories. A school shooting. An unwanted child. An alcoholic dad. That left me thinking, Are there no happy stories? Is it only the traumatic events of one’s life that people want to read? I’ll leave that question, and just say one more time: These are excellent essays. Amazing. I want to read them again. And again. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
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