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Curiosity’s Cats Curiosity’s Cats Miller Bruce Joshua Miller Writers on Research “It’s all here, and it’s never dull—the thrill of the chase, the unexpected discoveries, the crushing setbacks, the exhilarating ‘Aha!’ moments.” Patricia T. O’Conner, author of Woe Is I “Research has always seemed a bit like homework to me. Whatever the topic, I feel like a naughty schoolboy who’s cramming for an exam. What a relief to realizeIamnotalone.Throughavarietyofmethodsandcircumstances,the writers in this fascinating collection demonstrate that research, like exploration , is challenging, maddening, frustrating, and exhausting. But like any great explorer (or naughty schoolboy), we know we cannot reach our goal without it, and the journey is often more rewarding than the destination.” Alan Cumming, actor and author of Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir “In our age of the Twitter and the Internet, it’s such a joy to see the art of the essay so alive and strong. Read this book and rediscover that real knowledge and connections still reside at the source: out in the field and inside the human condition.” Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones “If you have ever sensed a marvelous story or a startling emotion hidden within a historic document, photo, artifact, or place, you'll find many kindred spirits in this inspiring book. It made me want to drop everything to set out on a grand intellectual adventure in the nearest archive.” Jack El-Hai, author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist and Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines Thirteen writers—including historians, journalists, novelists, a screenwriter, and more—offer powerful arguments for the value of hands-on research. Contributors include Philip J. Anderson, Annette Kolodny, Theodore Kornweibel, Jr., Margot Livesey, Alberto A. Martínez, Bruce Joshua Miller, Katherine Hall Page, Jan Reid, Ali Selim, Marilyn Stasio, Ned Stuckey-French, Bruce White, and Steve Yates. Bruce Joshua Millerhas edited two books and written for public radio, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications. He has worked in the book industry for thirty-five years. Cover design:; cover photo: This and other Minnesota Historical Society Press books are available from popular e-book vendors. $18.95 Literary Essays $18.95 800-647-7827 Curiosity's Cats.indd 1 2/24/14 8:19 PM ...


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