The fifteen essays gathered here include:
— John McPhee's account of the battle between army engineers and the lower Mississippi River
— Susan Orlean's brilliant portrait of the private, imaginative world of a ten-year-old boy
— Tracy Kidder's moving description of life in a nursing home
— Ted Conover's wild journey in an African truck convoy while investigating the spread of AIDS
— Richard Preston's bright piece about two shy Russian mathematicians who live in Manhattan and search for order in a random universe
— Joseph Mitchell's classic essay on the rivermen of Edgewater, New Jersey
— And nine more fascinating pieces of the nation's best new writing
In the last decade this unique form of writing has grown exuberantly — and now, in Literary Journalism, we celebrate fifteen of our most dazzling writers as they work with great vitality and astonishing variety.
Profiles, memoirs and personal essays, science and nature reportage, travel writing--literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful style and fresh approaches. A worthy successor to its esteemed predecessor--a standard in many college courses--Literary Journalism collects more of the finest examples from many masters of the genre.
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard UniversityMark Kramer