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Blurring the Boundaries, Blurring the Boundaries, 0803236484, 0-8032-3648-4, 978-0-8032-3648-6, 9780803236486, Edited by B.J. Hollars, , Blurring the Boundaries, 0803245807, 0-8032-4580-7, 978-0-8032-4580-8, 9780803245808, Edited by B.J. Hollars

Blurring the Boundaries
Explorations to the Fringes of Nonfiction
Edited by B.J. Hollars

2013. 280 pp.
3 photographs, 3 figures
$30.00 s

Contemporary discussions on nonfiction are often riddled with questions about the boundaries between truth and memory, honesty and artifice, facts and lies.  Just how much truth is in nonfiction?  How much is a lie? Blurring the Boundaries sets out to answer such questions while simultaneously exploring the limits of the form.

This collection features twenty genre-bending essays from today’s most renowned teachers and writers—including original work from Michael Martone, Marcia Aldrich, Dinty W. Moore, Lia Purpura, and Robin Hemley, among others. These essays experiment with structure, style, and subject matter, and each is accompanied by the writer’s personal reflection on the work itself, illuminating his or her struggles along the way. As these innovative writers stretch the limits of genre, they take us with them, offering readers a front-row seat to an ever-evolving form.

Readers also receive a practical approach to craft thanks to the unique writing exercises provided by the writers themselves. Part groundbreaking nonfiction collection, part writing reference, Blurring the Boundaries serves as the ideal book for literary lovers and practitioners of the craft. 

B.J. Hollars is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He is the author of several books including From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being HumanThirteen Loops: Race, Violence, The Last Lynching in America and Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa, and Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds

“Inspire[s] oblique imitation by simply collecting so much excellent writing in one place. . . . Well-suited to student-writers, which should include all of us, because [the essays] allow us to look under the hood and see the machinery that makes such moving creative nonfiction.”—Fourth Genre

"A nifty little book."—Paul L. Martin, Teacher's View

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