Nonfiction 5.2

Forever by Kara M. Bollinger

Forever by Kara M. Bollinger

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 The deed says it simply enough: “This instrument made and entered into this 20th day of November, 2010, by and between Kara Bollinger, of Lawrence, KS, hereinafter called the Owner and THE NELSON ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART, hereinafter called the […]

Parenting by Kara M. Bollinger

Parenting by Kara M. Bollinger

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 They were waiting in the airport terminal when their daughter called them back. It was already 10:45 in the morning her time, and they really hoped she hadn’t been sleeping this entire time. The dad answered and the daughter calmed […]

You, Me, and the Apple Service and Support Line by Kara M. Bollinger

You, Me, and the Apple Service and Support Line by Kara M. Bollinger

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Players (in order of appearance): Apple Service and Support Line (Chris) Me You Apple Service and Support Line: Hi, thank you for calling the Apple Service and Support Line. My name is Chris. Can I get your first name? Me: […]

Friday, Sept. 14, 2001 by Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

Friday, Sept. 14, 2001 by Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Their faces are everywhere. The missing, the vanished, the lost. The city is a kiosk papered with photocopied snapshots peeled from albums, and biographies pared to the bone. The transformation began four days ago, in the anguished hours after hijacked […]

Stories for Staying by Dale Megan Healey

Stories for Staying by Dale Megan Healey

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 My mother has been dead for three years when I decide that it’s time to dig. The desk in the living room had only one drawer that Danielle and I were interested in when we were growing up. It was […]

Excerpt from The Bearded Lady by Allison Landa

Excerpt from The Bearded Lady by Allison Landa

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Prologue: 2003 When anger is your first language, it can be hard to speak. That’s why I hesitate to telephone my mother, even though her house may be destroyed. Instead I watch the television news: The Cedar Fire is tearing […]

People I Am Not Friends with on Facebook by Robert Mentzer

People I Am Not Friends with on Facebook by Robert Mentzer

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 1) My first girlfriend in high school. She was a member of a Mennonite church that was liberal compared to other Mennonites and insanely conservative compared to my family’s mainline Presbyterian church. She was tall, willowy, a volleyball player. Her […]

World Enough and Time by Eliza Migdal

World Enough and Time by Eliza Migdal

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 As I approached my father’s banquette, he grasped the goose-head handle of his cane and pushed himself slowly to his feet. Despite having lost four inches from his five-eight prime, he looked jauntier than ever in a lime-green shirt, purple […]

En Hiver by Jacob Newberry

En Hiver by Jacob Newberry

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 It’s my second night at France’s high altitude training center, and I’m eating alone in the cafeteria. The kids surrounding me are their country’s best hope for future Olympic glory. I, however, am not here to train. I’m here to […]

Co-Stars by David Wanczyk

Co-Stars by David Wanczyk

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Act One: While I was trying to figure out how to be a different person, I met my wife. I was in a flagging relationship at the time, and I needed a distraction from our long-distance unhappiness. I’d stopped being […]