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By David Lazar

Even earlier than the talk that surrounded the book of A Million Little Pieces, the query of fact has been on the center of memoir. From Elie Wiesel to Benjamin Wilkomirski to David Sedaris, the veracity of writers' claims has been suspect. during this attention-grabbing and well timed selection of essays, prime writers meditate near to fact in literary nonfiction. As David Lazar writes in his creation, "How can we be sure? can we care to? (Do we dare to devour the apple of data and say it really is real? Or is it a peach?) can we decide to? Is it a subcategory of religion? How do you reply whilst a person says, 'This is de facto true'? Why do they decide to say it then?"

The prior and the reality are slippery issues, and the artwork of non-fiction writing calls for the author to form in addition to discover. In own essays, meditations at the nature of reminiscence, issues of the genres of memoir, prose poetry, essay, fiction, and picture, the participants to this provocative assortment try to locate solutions to the query of what fact in nonfiction means.

Contributors: 

John D'Agata, Mark Doty, Su Friedrich, Joanna Frueh, Ray González, Vivian Gornick, Barbara Hammer, Kathryn Harrison, Marianne Hirsch, Wayne Koestenbaum, Leonard Kriegel, David Lazar, Alphonso Lingis, Paul Lisicky, Nancy Mairs, Nancy ok. Miller, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Phyllis Rose, Oliver Sacks, David Shields, and Leo Spitzer.

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