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    I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

    True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

    This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care.

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    Issue 47 Winter 2013

    Female Form

    We didn’t set out to publish an all-women essay section, but as we were reading for this issue, we were drawn to a number of essays about, in some way, “the senses”—hearing, sight, etc. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say they’re about “perception.” And, it just so happened that these seriously beautiful essays about serious topics—entomology, ophthalmology, archaeology, molecular biology—were all written by women.

    Plus: Elissa Bassist and Cheryl Strayed talk about how to write like a mother#^@%*&; exploring the possibilities of electronic literature; a roundtable discussion about the intersection of journalism and creative nonfiction; words to avoid in your prose; and more.

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    CNF Recycled-Cotton Tote

    There's a lot to love about CNF's roomy new tote: it's made of sturdy, 85% recycled cotton and has generous 25" handles. There's a zipper to keep your books and papers (or whatever else you're carrying) safe inside and a pen loop, which—in our humble opinion—works equally well as a key loop.

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    You Can't Make This Stuff Up

    The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction—from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

    Lee Gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, taps into one of the fastest-growing genres with this new writing guide. Frank and to-the-point, with depth and clarity, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. Offering new ways of understanding genre and invaluable tools for writers to learn and experiment with, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up allows writers of all skill levels to thoroughly expand and stylize their work.


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