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All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists
by Terry Gross Details
A fascinating collection of revealing and entertaining interviews by the award-winning host of National Public Radio's premier interview program Fresh Air. Over the last 20 years, Terry Gross has interviewed many of our most celebrated writers, actors, musicians, comics, and visual artists.
Best American Sports Writing 2011
by Jane Leavy Details
This anthology brings together the finest writing on sports to appear in the past year in magazines, newspapers and websites.
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson
by Hunter S. Thompson Details
This definitive, hand-picked selection of Thompson's finest pieces ever published in "Rolling Stone" showcases the evolution of a writer and a magazine. The result is a vital inside glimpse of the rollicking spectacle of a writer at his peak, delivering the work of his career to the editor of the magazine that became his literary home.
Just Write: Here's How
by Walter Dean Myers Details
Practice, practice, practice. Now Walter Dean Myers, the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and "New York Times" bestselling and award-winning author, walks you through the writing process.
Mountains Beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder Details
In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life's calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder's magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity."
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King Details
In 1999, Stephen King began to write about his craft -- and his life. By midyear, a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival of both. And in his months of recovery, the link between writing and living became more crucial than ever. Rarely has a book on writing been so clear, so useful, and so revealing.
Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote
by Truman Capote Details
Perhaps no 20th century writer was so observant and elegant a chronicler of his times as Truman Capote. Whether he was profiling the rich and famous or creating indelible word-pictures of events and places near and far, Capote's eye for detail and dazzling style made his reportage and commentary undeniable triumphs of the form. "Portraits and Observations" is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by this most beloved of writers.
Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction
by Jack Hart Details
In "Storycraft," Jack Hart, a former managing editor of the Oregonian who guided several Pulitzer Prize-winning narratives to publication, delivers what will certainly become the definitive guide to the methods and mechanics of crafting narrative nonfiction. Hart covers what writers in this genre need to know, from understanding story theory and structure, to mastering point of view and such basic elements as scene, action, and character, to drafting, revising, and editing work for publication.
The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Details
Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students -- famed author E.B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.
The Lifespan of a Fact
by John D'Agata Details
How negotiable is a fact in nonfiction? In 2003, an essay by John D'Agata was rejected by the magazine that commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay -- which eventually became the foundation of D'Agata's critically acclaimed "About a Mountain" -- was accepted by another magazine, The Believer, but not before they handed it to their own fact-checker, Jim Fingal. What resulted from that assignment was seven years of arguments, negotiations, and revisions as D'Agata and Fingal struggled to navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction. This book reproduces D'Agata's essay, along with D'Agata and Fingal's extensive correspondence.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann Details
Grann interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished during a 1925 expedition into the Amazon, with the author's own quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding Fawcett's final journey and the secrets of what lies deep in the Amazon jungle.
Updated 08/30/2012
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