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Me Talk Pretty One Day Me Talk Pretty One Day (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.98 — 553,265 ratings — published 2000
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Paperback)
by (shelved 36 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.22 — 26,826 ratings — published 1968
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In Cold Blood In Cold Blood (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.06 — 445,775 ratings — published 1965
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The Year of Magical Thinking The Year of Magical Thinking (Paperback)
by (shelved 34 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.88 — 114,349 ratings — published 2005
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Into the Wild Into the Wild (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.96 — 749,104 ratings — published 1996
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.11 — 18,907 ratings — published 1974
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Hardcover)
by (shelved 27 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.05 — 476,593 ratings — published 2010
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Bluets Bluets (Paperback)
by (shelved 24 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.28 — 11,378 ratings — published 2009
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Naked Naked (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.09 — 216,102 ratings — published 1997
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Eat, Pray, Love Eat, Pray, Love (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.53 — 1,305,080 ratings — published 2006
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Hardcover)
by (shelved 17 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.98 — 494,265 ratings — published 2012
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The Glass Castle The Glass Castle (Paperback)
by (shelved 16 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.25 — 745,223 ratings — published 2005
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Zeitoun Zeitoun (Hardcover)
by (shelved 14 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.08 — 63,696 ratings — published 2008
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The White Album The White Album (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.18 — 11,673 ratings — published 1979
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The Writing Life The Writing Life (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.03 — 11,428 ratings — published 1989
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The Liars' Club The Liars' Club (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.93 — 52,578 ratings — published 1995
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Walden Walden (Paperback)
by (shelved 13 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.79 — 132,112 ratings — published 1854
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For the Time Being For the Time Being (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.16 — 3,159 ratings — published 1999
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The Woman Warrior The Woman Warrior (Paperback)
by (shelved 13 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.73 — 21,328 ratings — published 1975
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Running with Scissors Running with Scissors (Paperback)
by (shelved 13 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.71 — 322,199 ratings — published 2002
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Paperback)
by (shelved 13 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.23 — 64,278 ratings — published 1994
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The Empathy Exams: Essays The Empathy Exams: Essays (Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.63 — 11,077 ratings — published 2014
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The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.70 — 11,520 ratings — published 1998
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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.99 — 135,605 ratings — published 2003
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Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1) Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
by (shelved 11 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.09 — 467,402 ratings — published 1996
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Autobiography of a Face Autobiography of a Face (Paperback)
by (shelved 11 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 3.96 — 22,098 ratings — published 1994
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Paperback)
by (shelved 11 times as creative-nonfiction)
avg rating 4.05 — 144,815 ratings — published 2003
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Tracy K. Smith
“I shut my ears, averted my eyes, turning instead to what I thought at the time was pain's antidote: silence. I was wrong... Silence feeds pain, allows it to fester and thrive. What starves pain, what forces it to release its grip, is speech, the voice upon which rides the story, this is what happened; this is what I have refused to let claim me.”
Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light

Geoff Dyer
“In his book Real Presences, George Steiner asks us to "imagine a society in which all talk about the arts, music and literature is prohibited." In such a society there would be no more essays on whether Hamlet was mad or only pretending to be, no reviews of the latest exhibitions or novels, no profiles of writers or artists. There would be no secondary, or parasitic, discussion - let alone tertiary: commentary on commentary. We would have, instead, a "republic for writers and readers" with no cushion of professional opinion-makers to come between creators and audience. While the Sunday papers presently serve as a substitute for the experiencing of the actual exhibition or book, in Steiner's imagined republic the review pages would be turned into listings:catalogues and guides to what is about to open, be published, or be released.
What would this republic be like? Would the arts suffer from the obliteration of this ozone of comment? Certainly not, says Steiner, for each performance of a Mahler symphony is also a critique of that symphony. Unlike the reviewer, however, the performer "invests his own being in the process of interpretation." Such interpretation is automatically responsible because the performer is answerable to the work in a way that even the most scrupulous reviewer is not.
Although, most obviously, it is not only the case for drama and music; all art is also criticism. This is most clearly so when a writer or composer quotes or reworks material from another writer or composer. All literature, music, and art "embody an expository reflection which they pertain". In other words it is not only in their letters, essays, or conversation that writers like Henry James reveal themselves also to be the best critics; rather, The Portrait of a Lady is itself, among other things, a commentary on and a critique of Middlemarch. "The best readings of art are art."
No sooner has Steiner summoned this imaginary republic into existence than he sighs, "The fantasy I have sketched is only that." Well, it is not. It is a real place and for much of the century it has provided a global home for millions of people. It is a republic with a simple name: jazz.”
Geoff Dyer, But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz

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