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Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye, 1st edition

  • Bich Minh Nguyen
  • Porter Shreve

Published by Pearson (July 15th 2004) - Copyright © 2005

1st edition

Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye

ISBN-13: 9780321198174

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A diverse and wide range of contemporary creative nonfiction, including 45 essays and 15 commentaries on craft. KEY TOPICS: The sometimes blurry line between personal and journalistic nonfiction; emphasis on craft; focus on thematic organization as an approach. MARKET: Undergraduate Introductory and Advanced courses on essay writing and the art of the essay; Graduate-level courses on Creative Nonfiction writing.

Table of contents



The “I.”

The “Eye.”

The Idea of Truth.

The Use of Literary Elements.


The “I.”

Bernard Cooper, “Picking Plums.”

Tony Earley, “Somehow Form a Family.”

Lucy Grealy, “Mirrorings.”

Jamaica Kincaid, “Biography of a Dress.”

Le Thi Diem Thuy, “The Gangster We Are All Looking For.”

John Edgar Wideman, from Brothers and Keepers.

The “Eye.”

Beverly Lowry, “Secret Ceremonies of Love and Death.”

Susan Orlean, “Meet the Shaps.”

Tom Wolfe, “Yeager” from The Right Stuff.

Craft Essays.

Tracy Kidder, “Making the Truth Believable.”

Phillip Lopate, “On the Necessity of Turning Oneself into a Character.”

Scott Russell Sanders, “The Singular First Person.”


The “I.”

Judith Ortiz Cofer, “Silent Dancing.”

Edwidge Danticat, “Westbury Court.”

Stuart Dybek, “Field Trips.”

Chang-rae Lee, “Coming Home Again.”

Thomas Lynch, “The Undertaking.”

Naomi Shihab Nye, “Thank You in Arabic.”

The “Eye.”

John McPhee, “The Search for Marvin Gardens.”

James Alan McPherson, “Saturday Night, and Sunday Morning.”

Sarah Vowell, “What He Said There.”

Craft Essays.

André Aciman, “A Literary Pilgrim Progresses to the Past.”

Vivian Gornick, from The Situation and the Story.

Jonathan Raban, “Notes from the Road.”


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