In short : a collection of brief creative nonfiction

Format: Print Book 1996
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Hampton Community Library Non-Fiction 814 IN
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  814 IN
Delights and surprises await the reader in this rich gathering of Shorts (ranging from several paragraphs to 2,000 words). From Diane Ackerman's fascination with hummingbirds to Andrei Codrescu's idiosyncratic view of nostalgia to Albert Goldbarth's free-wheeling riff on the universe, each Short becomes a sharply focused lens on an outer world or an inner sensibility.
Preface : The disproportionate power of the small / Bernard Cooper
Lights / Stuart Dybek
All-out effort / Reginald Gibbons
Volar / Judith Ortiz Cofer
Around the corner / Sharon Bryan
Enough jam for a lifetime / Maxine Kumin
An unspoken hunger / Terry Tempest Williams
Three voices / Bhanu Kapil
Proofs / Richard Rodriguez
Tino & Papi / Normal Elia Cantú
Last shot / Tobias Wolff
LZ gator, Vietnam, February 1994 / Tim O'Brien
Culloden / Judith Kitchen
Afternoon tea / Emily Hiestand
The shock of teapots / Cynthia Ozick
Harbour / Michael Ondaatje
The opposite of saffron / Mary Paumier Jones
In praise of the humble comma / Pico Iyer
Suspended / Joy Harjo
The blues merchant / Jerome Washington
The usual story / Fred Setterberg
Joe Turner's come and gone : the play / August Wilson
Sunday / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Mint snowball / Naomi Shihab Nye
Borrowed time / Paul West
Loose ends / Rita Dove
Nostalgia / Richard Shelton
Across the street / Bia Lowe
A wind from the north / Bill Capossere
Snow / John Haines
Decoy / Franklin Burroughs
Growing up game / Brenda Peterson
Rose vegetables / David James Duncan
Interlude / William Kittredge
Orange who? / Gwendolyn Nelson
Hands / Ted Kooser
The signature of God / Judson Mitcham
My children explain the big issues / Will Baker
The complaint / William Matthews
My mother in two photographs, among other things / Aleida Rodríguez
Ice cream / Susanna Kaysen
On the street / Vivian Gornick
Call guy / Alec Wilkinson
Locker room talk / Stephen Dunn
White men can't drum / Sherman Alexie
Cat-like / John Holman
MRI / Jim DeCamp
On two wheels / Lee Gutkind
Running Xian / John Calderazzo
A note about Allen Tate / Kelly Cherry
Fernando and Marisela / Bruce Berger
A voice for the lonely / Stephen Corey
Museum piece / David Huddle
An end to the still lifes / Carol Bly
Three fragments / Charles Simic
Inheritance / Denise Levertov
Modern times / Lawrence Weschler
Nostalgia for everything / Andrei Codrescu
On the way home / Carol Burelbach
Falling stars / Gerry Sharp
Three yards / Michael Dorris
The tree beyond imagining / Reg Saner
December meditation at Camp Polk Cemetery / Kim R. Stafford
Notes toward identifying a body / John D'Agata
A match to the heart / Gretel Ehrlich
Rain / Kathleen Norris
Proud flesh / Vicki Lindner
April 15 / Teresa Jordan
Walking / Linda Hogan
Into the storm / Jerry Ellis
Crazy horse / Ian Frazier
Nacoochee Indian mound : Helen, Georgia / Steven Harvey
The stories tell the land / Deborah Tall
Sanctuary / Jane Moress Schuster
Buckeye / Scott Russell Sanders
August / Margaret B. Blackman
Stonehenge and the Louvre were cool / Carol Lucci Wisner
Winter / Larry Sill
Natural edges / John Lane
Good use for bad weather / Donald Hall
Greenhouse / Jane Brox
Nature's see-saw / Edward Hoagland
Outside's not what we think / Marvin Bell
Falling / Art Homer
Grubby / SueEllen Campbell
Childen in the woods / Barry Lopez
We are distracted / Michael Shay
One human hand / Li-Young Lee
Mute dancers : how to watch a hummingbird / Diane Ackerman
Farder to reache / Albert Goldbarth
The fine art of sighing / Bernard Cooper.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Even readers skeptical of short-attention-span publishing will find these short-short (fewer than 2000 words) essays addictive. They're like a plate of Cheese Doodles at a party: not every one is crisp and perfect, but many are, and so the reader keeps going, waiting for the next flash of brilliance. The short-short essay form seems to inspire people to write about nature. Though some are flaccid, the best, such as Kathleen Norris's paean to rain and Donald Hall's wry notes about the joy we take in suffering bad weather, connect natural events to humanity. Short memoirs are poignant, and the form cuts away any sentimentality. In three paragraphs, Stuart Dybek recalls the summer nights when drivers would occasionally pass through his neighborhood with their headlights off, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. gives his family's reasoning about why white people are poor cooks. Within such a short form, the spaces between things become paramountand in the best cases make exposition unnecessary. Judson Mitcham tells of feeding his mother in the hospital, then spotting a mass of starlings on his way home. In recalling the 50 pounds of moose meat her father gave her when she departed for college in the '60s, Brenda Peterson easily explains the food chain and her place in it. The editors contribute a cogent introduction on this innovative form, and Bernard Cooper writes in his preface about how small events become powerful, then demonstrates just that principle with a concluding meditation on sighing that is both sad and funny. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects American essays -- 20th century.
Creative nonfiction, American.
Reportage literature, American.
College readers.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton,1996
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Kitchen, Judith.
Jones, Mary Paumier.
Language English
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-327) and index.
Description 334 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0393039609
0393314928 (pbk.)
9780393314922 (pbk.)
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