True Stories, Well Told

Creative nonfiction is the literary equivalent of jazz: it’s a rich mix of flavors, ideas, voices, and techniques—some newly invented, and others as old as writing itself. This collection of 20 gripping, beautifully-written nonfiction narratives is the best of the best from CNF. Contributions by Toi Derricotte, Brian Doyle, Carolyn Forché, Caitlin Horrocks, Harrison Scott Key, and others draw inspiration from topics ranging from butterflies to baseball, and from sustainable farming to fatherhood. Their unforgettable stories shed light on how we live.

Plus, in “The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting,” Creative Nonfiction’s founding editor offers his unique perspective on the evolution of the genre and the heartbreaks and rewards of literary publishing.

Introduction by Susan Orlean.


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