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Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Nonfiction Reader

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Edited by the same team responsible for 2003's popular Tin House fiction anthology Bestial Noise, this selection of dazzling nonfiction encapsulates everything readers love about Tin House: the magazine's lively intelligence, wide-ranging curiosity, and sense of fun. Here is the best of the first twenty issues, including Jeffrey Eugenides on living above a Nazi bunker in B ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 20th 2004 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2004)
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Erin Tuzuner
This should be required reading for any visitors to our planet wanting to gather the richness, wit, warmth, sorrow, and mordant humor of lives made complicated by circumstance, change, and loss. As many humans identify as aliens in their own terra, they should read this too. From furries to recluses, history and memoir conspire to illustrate the kaleidoscopic nature of human experience. I'm not sure if my eyes were blurry from the range of colors, or the tears of emotional purging, but either wa ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
just reread this because of
The Lonely Doll (Jean Nathan)about kidlit writer dare wright
The Magnificent Frigate Bird (Abigail Thomas) about loving someone w/alzheimer's
Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass" (Ken Tucker) abouth the power of a single song
After You (Christopher Merrill) about poet shahid ali
Violation (Sallie Tisdale) about the thruth, interpetation and interuption of autobiography.

all powerful essays perfectly written.
Apr 14, 2011 Patricia rated it liked it
I love the genre nonfiction/ personal essay. I enjoyed: Katie Roiphe's travelogue of Graham Green's Vietnam; Sara Roahen's essay Drinking my Inheritance; and Sally Tisdale's Violation. Russell Bank's essay No, But I saw the Movie was a hoot. Most of the other essays were OK, but a few were so weird, I skipped them after the first couple of pages.
Alyssa Knickerbocker

The genre-bending essay by Jo Ann Beard, "Undertaker Please Drive Slow," is worth the price of the whole anthology.
Sep 16, 2010 Beth added it
"Undertaker Please Drive Slow" by Jo Ann Beard is awesome. The last paragraph... holy moly.
Mar 31, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Enjoyed these stories, especially "Violation" by Sallie Tisdale.
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