Real Life as Literature

Real Life as Literature

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This book is intended for college courses in Nonfiction Literature. Suitable for undergraduate and graduate students.

This anthology of literary nonfiction focuses on three types of writing: the personal essay, literary journalism, and full length nonfiction books. This organization allows an instructor to create a comprehensive course in Nonfiction LIterature. A wide range of short pieces and the addition of background material, discussion questions, and bibliographies give students and professors are given a complete picture of contemporary nonfiction. Real Life as Literature strikes a balance among frequently anthologized works, lesser-known works by familiar authors, and pieces by obscure or up-and-coming authors.
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  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 0131146351
  • 9780131146358

Table of contents


Aldrich, Hair.

Allen, Speech to Graduates.

Baldwin, How One Black Man...

Baldwin, My Dungeon Shook.

Behar, Girl in the Cast.

Gasaregola, Harvesting Debris.

Cofer, Paterson Library.

Didion, Fire Season.

Didion, In Bed.

Didion, Marrying Absurd.

Dillard, God in the Doorway.

Dillard, Lenses.

Dillard, Total Eclipse.

Doyle, Being Brians.

Early, Life with Daughters.

Ehrlich, Other Lives.

Eiseley, Flow of the River.

Eiseley, The Snout.

Gates, In the Kitchen.

Gould, Counters/Cable Cars.

Hampl, Red Sky...

Hoagland, Chiaroscuro.

Hogan, Dwellings.

Hughes, Salvation.

Keillor, Drowning 1954.

Keillor, Shy Rights.

Kingsolver, Belly of the Beast.

Kingsolver, The Spaces Between.

Kingston, No Name Woman.

Laurino, Scents.

Nyle, The Cookies.

Nye, Field Trip.

Nye, Thank you in Arabic.

Orwell, A Hanging.

Orwell, Shooting an Elephant.

Rodriguez, Mr. Secrets.

Sacks, Matter of Identity.

Sacks, The Twins.

Sanders, Inheritance of Tools.

Sanders, Under the Influence.

Sedaris, Smart Guy.

Selzer, Car Sickness.

Selzer, Stone.

Selzer, Surgeon as Priest.

Solberg, A Parting Shot.

Thomas, On Matters of Doubt.

Thomas, On Natural Death.

Thomas, On Warts.

Walker, Dummy in Window.

Walker, Human Being.

Walker, My Face to the Light.

White, American Boy.

White, Death of a Pig.

White, Once More to the Lake.

Wiesel, Palestinian Arab.

Wiesel, The Scrolls.

Woolf, Death of the Moth.

Woolf, Professions for Women.


Booth, Hound Dog...

Covington, Sand Mountain.

Covington, Snakes.

Didion, Some Dreamers.

Didion, Waiting for Morrison.

Ephron, Baking Off.

Ephron, Bernice Gera.

Gawande, Doctors...Mistakes.

Goldsmith, LaDolce Viva.

Herr, Breathing In.

Kempton, Zappa...

Laurence, Nagasaki.

McPhee, Marvin Gardens.

McPhee, Pumpkin Seed.

Mitchell, Cave Dwellers.

Mitchell, The Don't-Swear Man.

Newman, "I Used to Think..."

Nolan, Groupies...

Orlean, Show Dog.

Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert.

Sack, M.

Southern, Twirling at Ole Miss.

Talese, Frank Costello.

Thompson, Kentucky Derby.

Tomalin, Charlie Cong.

Trillin, I've Got Problems.

Wolfe, Tycoon of Teen.

Wolfe, Mau-Mauing...

Wolfe, Nanny Mafia.

Wolfe, Like a Novel.

Wolfe, Seizing the Power.


Angelou, Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Capote, In Cold Blood

Grealy, Autobiography of a Face

Hersey, Hiroshima

Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted

Kingston.The Woman Warrior

Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July

Krakauer, Into the Wild

Preston, The Hot Zone

Wiesel, Night
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