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Creative Nonfiction Book List

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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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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 · Creative Nonfiction · Ohio and Regional · Appalachia

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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 · Literary Studies

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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 · Literary Studies · 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.

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

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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

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The Memoir and the Memoirist
Reading and Writing Personal Narrative
By Thomas Larson

The memoir is the most popular and expressive literary form of our time. Writers embrace the memoir and readers devour it, propelling many memoirs by relative unknowns to the top of the best-seller list. Writing programs challenge authors to disclose themselves in personal narrative. Memoir and personal narrative urge writers to face the intimacies of the self and ask what is true.

Creative Writing · Essays · Trade Nonfiction · Creative Nonfiction

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Expecting Teryk
An Exceptional Path to Parenthood
By Dawn Prince-Hughes

The period just prior to the birth of a child is a time of profound personal transformation for expectant parents. Expecting Teryk: An Exceptional Path to Parenthood is an intimate exploration, written in the form of a letter from a parent to her future son, that reclaims a rite of passage that modern society would strip of its magic.

Memoir · Women’s Studies · Gender Studies · Creative Nonfiction

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Body Story
By Julia K. De Pree

Something other than a memoir of a life well lived, Body Story conveys Julia K. De Pree's troubling journey from adolescence to adulthood and from anorexia to health. For De Pree, between being a girl and being a woman, there was starvation. Body Story is her intimate account of girlhood, virginity, anorexia, and motherhood. De Pree's prose is spare and unguarded, revealing in vivid flashbacks and poignant vignettes the sources of her inner pain.

Memoir · Women’s Studies · Gender Studies · Creative Nonfiction

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Red, White, Black, and Blue
A Dual Memoir of Race and Class in Appalachia
By William M. Drennen Jr. and Kojo (William T.) Jones Jr.
· Edited by Dolores Johnson

A groundbreaking approach to studying not only cultural linguistics but also the cultural heritage of a historic time and place in America. It gives witness to the issues of race and class inherent in the way we write, speak, and think.

Memoir · African American Studies · Appalachian Studies · Gender Studies · Appalachia · Ohio and Regional · Creative Nonfiction · Literary Studies · Appalachia

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Wyeth People
By Gene Logsdon

Wyeth People is the story of one writer's search for the meaning of artistic creativity, approached from personal contact with the work of one of the world's great artists, Andrew Wyeth. In the 1960s, just beginning his career as a writer, Gene Logsdon read a magazine article about Andrew Wyeth in which the artist commented at length on his own creative impulse.

Art · American History · Literary Studies · Creative Nonfiction · Memoir · History