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Summer 2016

Issue #60, Childhood

This summer, we're taking a look through the rear-view mirror at childhood—and, in the process, examining how it shapes us into our adult selves. The writers featured in Creative Nonfiction #60 recount formative childhood experiences that leave indelible memories: stomping through a snowstorm to Sunday mass; discovering a dead body in the woods; touring beautiful homes they’ll never live in; or trying, desperately, to dance their way to junior high popularity. Here we have kid-dom in all its messy glory: the good, the bad, and the biting truth.

Plus, fifteen contemporary nonfiction authors discuss the books that made them writers; how to write about your kids without messing them up (too much); the link between addiction memoirs and coming-of-age stories; Tiny Truths; and more.

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What's the Story #60 Lee Gutkind

The good, the bad, and the biting truth: the writing in this issue is what creative nonfiction is all about. read more

Writing Motherhood Marcelle Soviero

Parenting blogs and magazines have become ubiquitous, but is the literature of motherhood still undervalued? read more

Online Reading

I Survived the Blizzard of ’79

Beth Ann Fennelly

As the snow falls ever heavier and the temperature drops ever lower in the author's hometown, she ventures out into a world of white. more

Before We’re Writers, We’re Readers

Randon Billings Noble

Fifteen contemporary writers of creative nonfiction discuss the nonfiction books they remember best from childhood and which influenced them as writers. more

Books

Show Me All Your Scars

Edited by Lee Gutkind

Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichotillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, these original true stories vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows--and sometimes, too, the unexpected and surprising rewards--of living with mental illness. more

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