21 Book Salute: Memoir and Essay

Alum reflections (not all Bildungsromans!) to honor the Creative Writing MFA's 21st birthday
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From Anderson to Winstead, below are MFA graduates who have published memoirs or essay collections, one book from each. Let us know if we've missed any others (at sutt0063@umn.edu).

 

Cover of INTERSEX

2.
Aaron Apps (2013)
Intersex
Tarpaulin Sky Press

3.
Marge Barrett (2005)
Called: The Making and Unmaking of a Nun
Antrim House

Cover of LEAVING ROLLINGSTONE
 

4.
Kevin Fenton (2005)
Leaving Rollingstone
Minnesota Historical Society Press

5.
Laura Flynn (2006)
Swallow the Ocean
Counterpoint

cover of READY FOR AIR

6.
Kate Hopper (2005)
Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood
University of Minnesota Press

7.
Nicole Johns (2006)
Purge: Rehab Diaries
Seal

cover of LOVE IMAGINED

8.
Molly Sutton Kiefer (2012)
Nestuary
Ricochet

9.
Sherry Quan Lee (1996)
Love Imagined: A Mixed Race Memoir
Modern History Press

Cover of ONE MILLION MANIACS

10.
David LeGault (2011)
One Million Maniacs: Beanie Babies, Killer Cars, and the Power of Collecting
Outpost19

11.
Alex Lemon (2004)
Feverland: A Memoir in Shards
Milkweed Editions

Cover of PETAL PUSHER

12.
Laurie Lindeen (2004)
Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story
Atria Books

13.
Jon Lurie (2006)
Canoeing with José
Milkweed Editions

Cover of Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark
 

14.
Michelle McNamara (1997)
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Harper Collins

15.
Gayla Marty (1997)
Memory of Trees: A Daughter's Story of a Family Farm
University of Minnesota Press

Cover of MEMORY OF TREES

16.
Edward McPherson (2011)
The History of the Future: American Essays
Coffee House Press

17.
Anna Cypra Oliver (1997)
Assembling My Father: A Daughter's Detective Story
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Cover of ASSEMBLING MY FATHER

18.
Kevin O'Rourke (2010)
As If Seen at an Angle: Essays
Tinderbox Editions

19.
Josh Ostergaard (2011)
The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field
Coffee House Press

Cover of THE DEVIL'S SNAKE CURVE

20.
Scott F. Parker (2014)
ME | ƎM: One Listener's Confession
Independently published

21.
Hunter Sharpless (2015)
Song of the Fool: On the Road with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Resource Publications

and two to grow on!

Cover of SONG OF THE FOOL

22.
Francine Marie Tolf (2006)
Joliet in My Blood: Essays on Growing Up in Joliet, Illinois
Port Yonder

 

23.
Mary Winstead (2008)
Back to Mississippi: A Personal Journey Through the Events that Changed America in 1964
Hyperion

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