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    Issue 73 Memoir

    Fall 2020

    This issue celebrates stories of the self in the world. Writers find (or, at least, try to find) meaning in familiar as well as unimaginable moments—the loves, losses, and joys that define our lives.

    Also in this issue: the seductive dangers of self-mythologizing, the memoir-in-pieces, tiny truths, and more.

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    True Story, Issue #34

    "Plume: An Investigation" by Mary Heather Noble

    In True Story #34, “Plume,” a former environmental investigator applies her forensic skills to a family mystery. What happens to us when we are exposed to toxicity, both literally and figuratively? Can we change what we pass on to our kids? And at what cost?

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    Issue 71 Let's Talk About Sex

    Summer 2019

    In Creative Nonfiction #71: "Let's Talk about Sex," writers invite us to share some of their most intimate moments—first times, last times, and everything in between. By turns joyous, hopeful, playful, wistful, and sometimes even uncomfortable, the stories in this issue expand our understanding of how—and why—people (and houseflies and sea urchins) “do it.”

    Plus: five tips for great sex (writing); the eroticism of essaying; the art of the long sentence; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #33

    "My Monument" by Ander Monson

    Surrounded by his neighbors’ maximalist holiday display—104 inflatable Christmas decorations in all, with not a repetition among them—Ander Monson ponders the history of spectacle and considers the meaning of community. Then, he orders a two-story-tall Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to stand among the desert plants of his Tucson front yard.

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    Issue 70 Home

    Spring 2019

    In Creative Nonfiction #70: “Home,” we search for our place in the world. From Ohio to Oregon, from Browning, Montana, to the US-Mexico border, and from gated communities and “safe” suburbs to tight-knit urban neighborhoods, eleven restless writers ask whether home is a place or a state of mind; who belongs and who doesn’t; and why we stay and why we leave.

    Plus, the difference between “story time” and “text time”; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #32

    "Everything Gets Worse" by John O’Connor

    In winter of 1912, as Robert Falcon Scott was striving to be the first to reach the South Pole, six of his men became stranded for 17 months. In this story that ranges from north to south and from past to present, John O’Connor chronicles the group’s efforts to remain not only alive but sane at “Inexpressible Island," a 9' x 12’ enclosure they hacked out of the ice, where they remained through the long months of winter darkness.

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The Truth Is I Never Left You

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A young girl's seat assignment on the plane ride to America changes everything. more

The Ink that Binds

Sheryl St. Germain

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Ruminating, Research, and Realizing

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