restricted access   Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2008

Table of Contents

Editor's Notes

p. vii

2007 Editors' Prize Winner

The Last Cows

pp. 1-10

Essays and Memoirs

The Love Life of Rube Goldberg

pp. 11-20

My Volvo, My Self: The (Largely Unintended) Existential Implications of Bumper Stickers

pp. 21-34

Holding On

pp. 35-41

Polishing Brass

pp. 43-53

Body Composition

pp. 55-65

The Auschwitz Photographer

pp. 67-68

Mikvah: That Which Will Not Stay Submerged

pp. 69-84

Selway by Headlamp

pp. 85-93

Cue the Squirt

pp. 95-104

The Province of Magic

pp. 105-118

A History with Trees

pp. 119-130

Face Blind

pp. 131-146

Comments on the Form

The Art of Lying—Or Risking the Wrath of Oprah

pp. 147-151


Roundtable: Teaching the Classical Essay

pp. 153-173

Book Reviews

Full-Length Reviews

A Family of Strangers (review)

pp. 175-178

(Not That You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions (review)

pp. 178-180

Blonde Indian (review)

pp. 180-182

Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball (review)

pp. 183-186

Dough (review)

pp. 186-188

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

Paula, and: The Lively Shadow: Living with the Death of a Child (review)

pp. 189-191

Huerfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture, and: New Buffalo: Journals of a Taos Commune (review)

pp. 191-193

Homegrown Democrat, and: Good People . . . from an Author's Life (review)

pp. 193-197


About the Contributors

pp. 199-202