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"Glen M. Johnson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 2 Jul 1998 09:57:26 -0400
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Andy: We are living in a golden age of creative non-fiction. Here are some
favorites of mine, all readily available.
    Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm (want to know how it feels to
    Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air (Mount Everest disaster--makes students cry)

    Mary Karr, The Liar's Club (best of the disfunctional family genre)
    John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (don't judge by
the movie)
    Euroda Welty, One Writer's Beginnings
    Ann Rule, Everything She Ever Wanted (good example of the true crime
    Carl Hiassen, Team Rodent (attack on Disney World)
    Bruce Chatwin, On the Black Hill
    Geoffrey O'Brien (The Phantom Empire)
    Primo Levi
    Leonardo Sciascia, Open Doors (a personal favorite)
    Garry Wills, the books on Lincoln or John Wayne
    John McPhee, anything he writes
    Calvin Trillin, ditto
    Peter Matthiessen, ditto
    Alice Walker, her nonfiction is weird and provocative
    Three others whom I personally don't much like, but all important:
    V.S. Naipaul
    Lillian Hellman
    Gore Vidal
    I also don't go for the travel genre, but there's some good writing
    Jonathan Raban, Old Glory
    Jan Morris
    Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines or In Patagonia
Happy reading!

Andrew J Hoffman wrote:

> I'm looking for recommendations for books to include in a creative
> non-fiction course.  I'd prefer short works published in the last twenty
> years.  Has anyone on the Forum read anything they just couldn't wait to
> share?  I figured the Forum would be a good place to ask this question;
> we've already proved our good literary taste by cherishing The Man.
> Thanks in advance.
> Andy Hoffman
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