Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I’m grateful to the following for their wise counsel and their enthusiasm for this volume. Erika Stevens initially approached me to write this book. I’m grateful to her for her enthusiasm for the idea and for nudging me to write it...

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An Introduction to Immersion Writing: Its Similarities and Differences from the Traditional Memoir and Traditional Journalism

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pp. 1-10

Every few months I read or hear of a fresh attack on the memoir. Very little excuse is needed to trigger the righteous indignation of a reviewer...

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CHAPTER ONE: Immersion Memoir

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pp. 11-54

The first question we have to ask is this: aren’t all memoirs immersions? Isn’t that one of the criticisms of them? The answer is simple. I don’t mean immersion in the sense of yet deeper self- involvement...

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CHAPTER TWO: Immersion Journalism

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pp. 55-94

Memoir does not require the memoirist to venture outside into the world. There are plenty of memoirists who spend their days simply writing about the long- ago past. But most journalism requires a certain amount...

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CHAPTER THREE: Travel Writing

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pp. 95-145

Here’s a bold assertion: I’d like to claim Herodotus, the socalled Father of History, as the first immersion writer. The first travel writer, too, he was no armchair traveler, but a true globetrotter of the ancient world,...

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CHAPTER FOUR: Ethical and Legal Considerations

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pp. 146-167

Most writers I know live somewhere between dread and denial when it comes to legal matters and ethics. I’m no exception. With both Invented Eden and Do- Over, I worried throughout the writing process that someone...

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CHAPTER FIVE: Legwork

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pp. 168-184

When I first considered writing a book about the Tasaday hoax controversy, I needed to write a proposal. By no means do all books, articles, or essays need proposals. As David Shields said to me not long ago,

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Conclusion: Say What You See

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pp. 185-187

In the restaurant of the Presidente Hotel in Havana, Cuba, tourists from various countries mingle around the familiar breakfast buffet: meats and cheeses for the Europeans, a coff ee machine for café latte, cappuccino, and espresso...

For Further Reading

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pp. 189-193