restricted access   Volume 8, Number 1, Spring 2006

Table of Contents

From: Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

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Editor's Notes

pp. vii-viii

2005 Editor's Prize

2005 Editors' Prize First Place

The Fishing Story

pp. 1-8

2005 Editors' Prize Runner-Up

The Scribe in the Woods

pp. 9-23

Essays and Memoirs

River of Words

pp. 25-35

Cleora on Ice

pp. 37-43

First You Baby, Then Me Die

pp. 45-55


pp. 57-62

The Fragility of Memory

pp. 63-73

Win a Trip To Heaven (Details Inside)

pp. 75-84

With Hurt Hawks

pp. 85-88

Memorial Day

pp. 89-92


pp. 93-107

Jim's Corner

pp. 109-114

Comments on the Form

The Talking Blues

pp. 115-124


Interview with Phillip Lopate

pp. 125-137

Photo Essay

Smash Palace -- Model Four Hundred

pp. 139-141

Book Reviews
Full-Length Reviews

A Private History of Awe (review)

pp. 143-147

The Middle of Everything: Memoirs of Motherhood (review)

pp. 147-149

The Glass Castle (review)

pp. 150-152

The Men in My Country (review)

pp. 152-154

Reader-to-Reader: Capsule Reviews

This column invites readers to share their favorite nonfiction books in print. Memoirs, travel writing, nature writing, essay collections, biography, and true adventure are all welcome in these capsule reviews—both of new books and of old favorites still available. Our aim is to keep the best nonfiction alive in a reader-to-reader kind of way. If you have books that you'd like to recommend in this column, contact Mimi Schwartz at

The Writing Life, and: The Writer on Her Work (review)

pp. 155-157

The Story of My Father: A Memoir, and: Assembling My Father: A Daughter's Detective Story (review)

pp. 157-159


About the Contributors

pp. 161-164