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Just a Big CatOn the second day of jury selection, we sit on wooden benches at the back of the courtroom. Over and over, the judge thanks us for our patience while reminding us of our civic responsibilities. We nod like obedient children. The accused, dressed in a gray suit, sits with his back to us.
HarrietMy brother caught a turtle in the pond near our house. She was a painted turtle, about four inches in diameter, her legs and shell striped with orange. We named her Harriet.
Stay at HomeI know where to step. I tiptoe from plank to plank. The hallway and stairs are the trickiest spots in this old house, but I’ve mastered how to avoid the areas that creak and crackle and pop and whine.
Almost Behind Us“I think he knocked out my tooth,” I tell my husband, carefully feeling around my mouth with my tongue. My three-year-old had been in my arms, but he’d wanted to dance.
What’s the Story #75"One of my reasons for starting Creative Nonfiction was to make the genre seem more legitimate and to secure its place on serious bookshelves"
Wait TimesSlipping through the cracks in the emergency room
Issue 75 / Issue 56
Black Is the BodyBlack? Brown? African American? When your children inhabit a world you could never have imagined
Issue 75 / Issue 55
Cheryl Strayed & Elissa Bassist on how they measure success“Humility is about moving forward, doing the work, seeing what comes after you put the time in”
Sheri Fink on blending science and narrative"I feel like I bring that same investigative approach that I did to the lab to investigative journalism."
Patricia Hampl on what makes a memoirist“My fundamental instinct remains a sense of wonder, a luminous amazement at existence”