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The Realm of Prester John
By Robert Silverberg

In this genesis of a great medieval myth, celebrated science fiction author Robert Silverberg’s romantic and fabulous tale explores the mysterious origins of Prester John, the astonishing Christian potentate of the East.

Historical Biography · History of the Christian Church · Creative Nonfiction

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The Golden Dream
Seekers of El Dorado
By Robert Silverberg

In this history of quest and adventure, celebrated science fiction author Robert Silverberg traces the fate of Old World explorers lured westward by the myth of El Dorado, the City of Gold.

Latin American History · Creative Nonfiction

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Ghost Towns of the American West
By Robert Silverberg

With a historian’s attention to fact and a novelist’s gift for dramatic storytelling, celebrated science fiction author Robert Silverberg brings these adventures back to life in the rowdy splendor of their heyday in Ghost Towns of the American West.

American History, West · Creative Nonfiction · Western Americana

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The Longest Voyage
Circumnavigators in the Age of Discovery
By Robert Silverberg

Capturing the total context of political climate and historical change that made the Age of Discovery one of excitement and drama, Silverberg brings a motley crew of early ocean explorers vividly to life.

World and Comparative History · European History · Creative Nonfiction

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The Book Keeper
A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy
By Julia McKenzie Munemo

Decades after Julia McKenzie Munemo’s father died, she learned that he wrote interracial pornography. She hid the stack of his old paperbacks from her Zimbabwean husband, their mixed-race children, and herself before realizing her obligation to understand her racial legacy.

Memoir · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction

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Spirituality and the Writer
A Personal Inquiry
By Thomas Larson

In a book-length essay on the evolving, improvisatory world of spiritual literature, Thomas Larson surveys authors old and new who have shaped religious autobiography and spiritual memoir. He shows just how the writer’s craft must prevail to capture the fleeting and personal truths of the spirit in an important addition to nonfiction craft studies.

Creative Writing · Spirituality · Memoir · Essays · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction

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Beep
Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind
By David Wanczyk

In Beep, David Wanczyk illuminates the sport of blind baseball to show us a remarkable version of America’s pastime. With balls tricked out to squeal three times per second, and with bases that buzz, this game of baseball for the blind is both innovative and intense. And when the best beep baseball team in America, the Austin Blackhawks, takes on its international rival, Taiwan Homerun, no one’s thinking about disability.

Baseball · Disability Studies · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction · Sports Writing

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Enchanted Ground
The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons
By Sharon Hatfield

In a fascinating work of religious history and cultural inquiry, Hatfield brings to life the true story of a nineteenth-century farmer-spiritualist, Jonathan Koons, whom thousands traveled to Ohio to see. As heirs to the second Great Awakening, he and his followers were part of a larger, uniquely American moment that still marks the culture today.

American History, Midwest · History of Religion · Popular Culture · Spiritualism · Ohio · Ohio and Regional · Creative Nonfiction · American Studies · Appalachian Studies

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Beep
Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind
By David Wanczyk

In Beep, David Wanczyk illuminates the sport of blind baseball to show us a remarkable version of America’s pastime. With balls tricked out to squeal three times per second, and with bases that buzz, this game of baseball for the blind is both innovative and intense. And when the best beep baseball team in America, the Austin Blackhawks, takes on its international rival, Taiwan Homerun, no one’s thinking about disability.

Baseball · Disability Studies · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction · Sports Writing

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Counting Down
A Memoir of Foster Parenting and Beyond
By Deborah Gold

When Deborah Gold and her husband signed up to foster parent in their rural mountain community, they did not foresee that it would lead to a roller-coaster fifteen years of involvement with a traumatized yet resilient birth family. They fell in love with Michael (a toddler when he came to them), yet they had to reckon with the knowledge that he could leave their lives at any time.In Counting Down, Gold tells the story of forging a family within a confounding system.

Adoption and Fostering · Memoir · Creative Nonfiction · Appalachia · Trade Nonfiction

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Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean
Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia
Edited by Adrian Blevins and Karen Salyer McElmurray

In essays that take wide-ranging forms—ideal for creative nonfiction classes—established and emerging writers with roots in Appalachia take on the theme of silencing in Appalachian culture. They write about families left behind, hard-earned educations, selves transformed, identities chosen, and risks taken.

American Literature · Appalachia · Literature · Creative Nonfiction

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The Novel of the Future
By Anaïs Nin
· Introduction by Deirdre Bair

In The Novel of the Future, Anaïs Nin explores the act of creation—in film, art, and dance as well as literature—to chart a new direction for the young artist struggling against what she perceived as the sterility, formlessness, and spiritual bankruptcy afflicting much of mid-twentieth-century fiction.

Literary Criticism · American Literature · Anaïs Nin · Creative Nonfiction · Literature

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Shake Terribly the Earth
Stories from an Appalachian Family
By Sarah Beth Childers

In a thoughtful, humorous voice born of Appalachian storytelling, Childers brings to life family tales that affected the entire region to make sense of her personal journey and find the joy and clarity that often emerge after the earth shakes terribly beneath us.

Memoir · Creative Nonfiction · Appalachia · United States · North America · Americas · Literature · Appalachian Studies · Ohio and Regional

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Dragging Wyatt Earp
A Personal History of Dodge City
By Robert Rebein

In Dragging Wyatt Earp essayist Robert Rebein explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic Western town of Dodge City, Kansas. In chapters ranging from memoir to reportage to revisionist history, Rebein contrasts his hometown’s Old West heritage with a New West reality that includes salvage yards, beefpacking plants, and bored teenagers cruising up and down Wyatt Earp Boulevard.Along

Americas · North America · United States · Creative Nonfiction · Memoir · American Literature · Literature

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Power in the Blood
A Family Narrative
By Linda Tate

Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative traces Linda Tate’s journey to rediscover the Cherokee-Appalachian branch of her family and provides an unflinching examination of the poverty, discrimination, and family violence that marked their lives.

Memoir · Women Authors · Appalachia · Creative Nonfiction · Ohio and Regional