The Situation and the Story

The Art of Personal Narrative

Author: Vivian Gornick

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374528584

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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Taking readers on a tour of some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century, and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, Joan Didion, Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, and Marguerite Duras.
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The Situation and the Story

The Art of Personal Narrative

Author: Vivian Gornick

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466819014

Category: Reference

Page: 112

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A guide to the art of personal writing, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of Love All narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver a bit of wisdom. In a story or a novel the "I" who tells this tale can be, and often is, an unreliable narrator but in nonfiction the reader must always be persuaded that the narrator is speaking truth. How does one pull from one's own boring, agitated self the truth-speaker who will tell the story a personal narrative needs to tell? That is the question The Situation and the Story asks--and answers. Taking us on a reading tour of some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century, and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, Joan Didion, Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, or Marguerite Duras. This book, which grew out of fifteen years teaching in MFA programs, is itself a model of the lucid intelligence that has made Gornick one of our most admired writers of nonfiction. In it, she teaches us to write by teaching us how to read: how to recognize truth when we hear it in the writing of others and in our own.
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The Situation and the Story

The Art of Personal Narrative

Author: Vivian Gornick

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374167338

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 165

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The author of Fierce Attachments and other books teaches readers how to cultivate the art of journaling to create a personal narrative that can work in both memoir writing and fiction.
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Inventing the Truth

The Art and Craft of Memoir

Author: Russell Baker,William Knowlton Zinsser

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395901502

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 227

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Nine authors discuss the problems and pleasures of reinventing the past.
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Approaching Eye Level

Author: Vivian Gornick

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807070918

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 176

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In a collection of personal essays, the author shares her struggle to achieve both independence and connection with others, reconsiders feminism, living alone, and marriage, and reveals how we can come to know ourselves by participating in the world.
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Write Your Memoir

The Soul Work of Telling Your Story

Author: Allan G. Hunter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1844092526

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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Drawing from more than 25 years of literary know-how and modeled after a 15-week college course, this manual provides guidance for seekers wishing to delve further into self-exploration through writing. Extending beyond the idea that memoir writing intends to put past events into a more understandable current perspective, the guide maintains that keeping a document of one’s life is actually the basis of a psychic process called “soul work,” which manifests as a desire to experience the state of being alive to the fullest. This unusual approach to memoir writing aims to generate more honest and genuine results that come from inner needs rather than outer expectations. Intended to clarify a writer’s developmental path, this resource emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and the need for dealing with difficult material that actually alters the writer in the process, resulting in significant growth of the soul.
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The Odd Woman and the City

A Memoir

Author: Vivian Gornick

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374711682

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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A contentious, deeply moving ode to friendship, love, and urban life in the spirit of Fierce Attachments A memoir of self-discovery and the dilemma of connection in our time, The Odd Woman and the City explores the rhythms, chance encounters, and ever-changing friendships of urban life that forge the sensibility of a fiercely independent woman who has lived out her conflicts, not her fantasies, in a city (New York) that has done the same. Running steadily through the book is Vivian Gornick's exchange of more than twenty years with Leonard, a gay man who is sophisticated about his own unhappiness, whose friendship has "shed more light on the mysterious nature of ordinary human relations than has any other intimacy" she has known. The exchange between Gornick and Leonard acts as a Greek chorus to the main action of the narrator's continual engagement on the street with grocers, derelicts, and doormen; people on the bus, cross-dressers on the corner, and acquaintances by the handful. In Leonard she sees herself reflected plain; out on the street she makes sense of what she sees. Written as a narrative collage that includes meditative pieces on the making of a modern feminist, the role of the flaneur in urban literature, and the evolution of friendship over the past two centuries, The Odd Woman and the City beautifully bookends Gornick's acclaimed Fierce Attachments, in which we first encountered her rich relationship with the ultimate metropolis.
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Fearless Confessions

A Writer's Guide to Memoir

Author: Sue William Silverman

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820336068

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper--or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps writers navigate a range of issues from craft to ethics to marketing and will be useful to both beginners and more accomplished writers. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. Sue William Silverman covers traditional writing topics such as metaphor, theme, plot, and voice and also includes chapters on trusting memory and cultivating the courage to tell one's truth in the face of forces--from family members to the media--who would prefer that people with inconvenient pasts and views remain silent. Silverman, an award-winning memoirist, draws upon her own personal and professional experience to provide an essential resource for transforming life into words that matter. Fearless Confessions is an atlas that contains maps to the remarkable places in each person's life that have yet to be explored.
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Writing The Sacred Journey

Author: N.A

Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

ISBN: 9781558965768

Category:

Page: N.A

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Living to Tell the Tale

A Guide to Writing Memoir

Author: Jane Taylor McDonnell

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780140265309

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 161

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Offers advice on how a writer can turn real life experiences into a non-fiction narrative, including how to discover one's inner voice, and how to recreate past experiences through memories
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Braving the Fire

A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss

Author: Jessica Handler

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250014557

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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Braving the Fire is the first book to provide a road map for the journey of writing honestly about mourning, grief and loss. Created specifically by and for the writer who has experienced illness, loss, or the death of a loved one, Braving the Fire takes the writers' perspective in exploring the challenges and rewards for the writer who has chosen, with courage and candor, to be the memory keeper. It will be useful to the memoirist just starting out, as well as those already in the throes of coming to terms with complicated emotions and the challenges of shaping a compelling, coherent true story. Loosely organized around the familiar Kübler-Ross model of Five Stages of Grief, Braving the Fire uses these stages to help the reader and writer though the emotional healing and writing tasks before them, incorporating interviews and excerpts from other treasured writers who've done the same. Insightful contributions from Nick Flynn, Darin Strauss, Kathryn Rhett, Natasha Trethewey, and Neil White, among others, are skillfully bended with Handler's own approaches to facing grief a second time to be able to write about it. Each section also includes advice and wisdom from leading doctors and therapists about the physical experience of grieving. Handler is a compassionate guide who has braved the fire herself, and delivers practical and inspirational direction throughout.
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The Boys of My Youth

Author: Jo Ann Beard

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 0316091863

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Rarely does the debut of a new writer garner such attention & acclaim. The excitement began the moment "The Fourth State of Matter," one of the fourteen extraordinary personal narratives in this book, appeared in the pages of the New Yorker. It increased when the author received a prestigious Whiting Foundation Award in November 1997, & it continued as the hardcover edition of The Boys of My Youth sold out its first printing even before publication. The author writes with perfect pitch as she takes us through one woman's life - from childhood to marriage & beyond - & memorably captures the collision of youthful longing & the hard intransigences of time & fate.
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Good Prose

The Art of Nonfiction

Author: Tracy Kidder,Richard Todd

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 1400069750

Category: Reference

Page: 195

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The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of House and the editor of Atlantic Monthly share stories from their literary friendship and respective careers, offering insight into writing principles and mechanics that they have identified as elementary to quality prose.
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Burning Down the House

Author: Lori Sjoberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1537878786

Category: Fiction

Page: 54

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Firefighter Bruce Cobretti has never gotten over Megan Woodward, the woman he loved and lost. Now seven years later, a not-so-routine house fire brings them together and reignites their passion. Can he convince her that they’re meant to be together, or will his plans go up in flames? ***This short story was originally published in the Real Men Do It Better box set.***
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Fierce Attachments

A Memoir

Author: Vivian Gornick

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466819006

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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In this deeply etched and haunting memoir, Vivian Gornick tells the story of her lifelong battle with her mother for independence. There have been numerous books about mother and daughter, but none has dealt with this closest of filial relations as directly or as ruthlessly. Gornick's groundbreaking book confronts what Edna O'Brien has called "the prinicpal crux of female despair": the unacknowledged Oedipal nature of the mother-daughter bond. Born and raised in the Bronx, the daughter of "urban peasants," Gornick grows up in a household dominated by her intelligent but uneducated mother's romantic depression over the early death of her husband. Next door lives Nettie, an attractive widow whose calculating sensuality appeals greatly to Vivian. These women with their opposing models of femininity continue, well into adulthood, to affect Gornick's struggle to find herself in love and in work. As Gornick walks with her aged mother through the streets of New York, arguing and remembering the past, each wins the reader's admiration: the caustic and clear-thinking daughter, for her courage and tenacity in really talking to her mother about the most basic issues of their lives, and the still powerful and intuitively-wise old woman, who again and again proves herself her daughter's mother. Unsparing, deeply courageous, Fierce Attachments is one of the most remarkable documents of family feeling that has been written, a classic that helped start the memoir boom and remains one of the most moving examples of the genre.
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To Show and to Tell

The Craft of Literary Nonfiction

Author: Phillip Lopate

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451696337

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Distinguished author Phillip Lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as “one of our best personal essayists” (Dallas Morning News). Here, combining more than forty years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he brings us this highly anticipated nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction. A phenomenal master class shaped by Lopate’s informative, accessible tone and immense gift for storytelling, To Show and To Tell reads like a long walk with a favorite professor—refreshing, insightful, and encouraging in often unexpected ways.
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Resisting Representation

Author: Elaine Scarry Professor of English and American Literature Harvard University

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198025025

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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The End of the Novel of Love

Author: Vivian Gornick

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807062234

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 165

View: 8790

Essays discuss Clover Adams, Kate Chopin, Jean Rhys, Willa Cather, Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Grace Paley, and the nature of love
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The Art of the Personal Essay

An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present

Author: Phillip Lopate

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 038542339X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 777

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Bringing together many great reflections on the human condition and the peculiarities of daily life, a unique collection of more than seventy-five essays ranges from classical predecessors of the genre up to today's finest writers. Reprint.
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