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Old 01-25-2013, 10:38 AM   #15436
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I've been reading a lot of creative non-fiction essays (cause I enjoy it and that's what I'm working on writing). Just read one by Janet Burroway last night that blew me away called "Embalming Mom" - it was definitely a different tact/style/approach than I think I've ever seen in non-fiction - somewhat surreal. I do not find it online anywhere, but I read it in the "TouchStone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction" - http://www.amazon.com/Touchstone-Ant.../dp/1416531742
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I finished reading this book as of yesterday. I'd give it a 4/5 stars. It is particularly of interest to anyone wanting to read non-fiction with more of a narrative, discriptive, story approach which is what Creative non-fiction is about. True stories but told more in the manner of fiction.

Stories of note in this were:

The Fourth State of Matter - Jo Ann Beard
- (available here in the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/199...urrentPage=all
Embalming Mom - Janet Borroway
Visitor - Michael W. Cox (very chilling)
Leap - Brian Doyle (a take on the Twin Towers Disaster)
- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...ions/leap.html
Small Rooms in Time - Ted Kooser (a memoir by a past Poet Laureate)
The Undertaking - Thomas Lynch
- (there was a Frontline Show based on this: http://video.pbs.org/video/1082075672/)
The Love of My Life - Cheryl Strayed
- (this is kind of the lead-in to "Wild" her latest best selling Story of Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail)

it also includes Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace which I've yet to be able to read and do not 'get' the fascination people have with him.

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