In Short

W.W. NORTON | 1996

edited with Mary Paumier Jones

Delights and surprises await the reader in this rich gathering of Shorts (ranging from several paragraphs to two thousand words). From Diane Ackerman’s fascination with hummingbirds, to Andrei Codrescu’s idiosyncratic view of nostalgia, to Albert Goldbarth’s free-wheeling riff on the universe, each Short becomes a sharply focused lens on an outer world or an inner sensibility.

In Short, reflecting almost every way in which nonfiction can be written, is for all readers (and writers) who thrive on imaginative play and aesthetic satisfaction. Pick up this book; open it up. See if you can resist it.

“The selection of authors is impressive, and the work consistently engaging. I’m already planning classes around In Short.”

—Bernard Cooper

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