Together—or, for that matter, separately—the Best Creative Nonfiction collections are a crash-course in the genre, with selections taken from literary magazines and presses, online publications, blogs and some other unlikely sources. With true stories about everything from jail food to competitive eating, pack rats to rubber ducks, they showcase the tremendous variety and potential of the genre.
In Fact offers much more than twenty-five creative nonfiction essays: it offers twenty-five of the best pieces published in Creative Nonfiction during the magazine's first ten years. Culled from over 300 published pieces, themselves chosen from over 10,000 manuscripts, the stories reprinted in In Fact showcase the magnificent possibilities of this emergent genre in pieces by the famous, and those surely destined to be so.
The essential guide to the style and substance—the "creative" and "nonfiction" parts—of creative nonfiction.
Real-life Stories of Grave-robbing, Identity Theft, Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, and More
"True Crime is an anthology of mayhem and menace that won't make you embarrassed about reading true crime stories. In fact, you'll be moved enough by the sheer quality of the writing to wonder how anyone's imagination could stack up against reality…."
—The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Physicians recount personal stories from their lives in white coats in this inspired anthology by new and known writers.
Truckin' With Sam
Our first real truckin’ destination back in 2003, during the era of the wet run and the Ranger, was the Grand Canyon, where, I told Sam, he would see such a sight that he could truly conceive of the notion that, if not God, then something really extraordinary—out of this world—actually existed. I said this half jokingly, although when I first visited the Canyon I was, like many people, overpowered by the pure magnificence of it all. How could such an overwhelming sight have... more
Keep It Real (Paperback Edition)
Imagine a writer working on a complicated profile for a magazine, a story about a man with radical, unsettling ideas. If his theories prove to be correct, this man could dramatically change the entire field of psychoanalysis. The writer speaks with him dozens of times, usually using her tape recorder and always taking copious notes. She is determined to understand not only whether his ideas have merit but also if the man himself is trustworthy.When she pulls together her research and sits down... more
At the End of Life
A shriek in the darkness drew out my shallow, sleeping breath in a singular gasp. Disoriented in the windowless room, I felt a familiar pounding in my chest that jostled my brain awake. As I fumbled for the light, the small black box continued its ear-splitting siren as it fell off the nightstand and bounced under the bed. I knelt on the gray, stained carpet and fished the beast out from the dusty collection of medical journals and soda cans that lived there. Squinting in the fluorescent light... more