"Whether inducing tears or raucous laughter, all the pieces are inviting, inquisitive and attentive—and sure to spark plenty of imaginations." - Kirkus Review
"Intelligent, polished, surprising essays that will have you wiping away tears one moment, laughing out loud the next. An indispensable resource for writers, teachers, and those who simply love to read true stories, well told." - Dinty W. Moore
23 true stories of women flirting with perdition.
“The most dangerous stories are the true ones, the ones we hesitate to tell, the adventures laden with fear or shame or the relentless pull of regret. Some of those are about things that we are secretly deeply proud to have done.”—Dorothy Allison
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
This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care.
The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone dies—and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities. At the End of Life tackles this conundrum head on. These twenty-two compelling personal-medical narratives explore death, dying and palliative care, and reveal the inner workings of a system in which doctors, patients and their loved ones battle to hang on—and to let go.
Reminiscent of Stephen King’s fiction handbook On Writing, YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP will be useful to both new writers and seasoned chroniclers... more
True Stories, Well Told
Lee Gutkind and Hattie Fletcher
Unlike big, glossy magazines, “little” or literary magazines like Creative Nonfiction are often labors of love—underfunded, understaffed, and often, for these reasons, short-lived. A while back, Charles McGrath pointed out in the New York Times that “the typical lifespan for a literary magazine appears to be roughly that of a major household appliance: anything over 10 years is gravy.” Incredibly, as we write this Creative Nonfiction is celebrating its twentieth... more
When I was a girl one of the many games my cousins and I played was one I called “worthless sinner.” The competition centered on who among us was the biggest, and therefore most worthless, sinner. “I stole change out of mama’s pocket book.” “I drank off half the whiskey in the bottle Uncle Jack keeps in that paper bag in his glove compartment.” “I trampled Aunt Dot’s tomato plants!” “I watched cousin Bobbie having sex with... more
When I was a teenager, I had two friends—Glick and Girson—who committed murder while robbing a mom-and-pop grocery store. This took place in Squirrel Hill, the well-to-do Pittsburgh neighborhood where I grew up, near the lovely, sprawling Frick Park and a short walk from the high school from which all three of us had recently graduated. The two old people who ran the store, Mr. and Mrs. Cua, were notoriously cranky, which made kids visit their store more often than necessary just to... more