Nonfiction 6.1

Grieve in Silence by Henry Tonn

Grieve in Silence by Henry Tonn

Nonfiction, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 The picture is etched in time: she poses for the camera in a frilly blue dress, eyes alight, smile radiant, cheeks dimpled, one finger resting demurely on the side of her chin. She is only six months old and pre-speech, […]

Enough by Michael Milburn

Enough by Michael Milburn

Nonfiction, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 This used to be a common experience for me, slogging through a long nonfiction book, re-reading paragraphs when my attention strayed, counting the remaining pages and celebrating when I was a quarter, then half, then three quarters done. I would […]

Inventory by Marissa Landrigan

Inventory by Marissa Landrigan

Nonfiction, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 I got my first scar, an accident, when I was two years old. I don’t remember it happening, but I’ve memorized the story: a nightmare drove me into my parents’ room, fumbling through the dark, toddler hands grasping in front […]

The General and Me by Sue Ellis

The General and Me by Sue Ellis

Nonfiction, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 In the late seventies, I delivered mail to the General, but he seldom got a letter. His sister handled his affairs and owned the cottage where he lived alone. He’d been hired as a shepherd in Eastern Washington back in […]

A Theory of Mine by Catherine Campbell

A Theory of Mine by Catherine Campbell

Nonfiction, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 My father was a scientist. For as long as I can remember, he lived far away. When I was a child, he sent me letters, tri-folded in exact measure, describing in simple language his latest inventions. I dreamt at night […]

Benny Goodman Once Played “Moonglow” Just for Her by Barry Basden

Benny Goodman Once Played “Moonglow” Just for Her by Barry Basden

Nonfiction, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 I’m cleaning my mother’s room, long overdue. She won’t let the staff touch it. A penciled note on the wall by the door reads, “Will you PLEASE leave my things alone.” Her toothbrush lies under house slippers in a file […]

The Fight by William Alton

The Fight by William Alton

Nonfiction, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 Third grade starts and right from the beginning I know I am different from the rest of the kids. The rest of the kids know it too. Most of them ignore me. Most of them are willing to let me […]