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"Living by Fiction is a stimulating book, one of those in which quality of thought and felicity of prose seem consequences of one another." -- Vance Bourjaily, New York Times Book Review
"Everyone who timidly, bombastically, reverently, scholastically--even fraudulently--essays to 'live the life of the mind' should read this book. It's elegant and classy, like caviar and champagne, and like these two items, it's over much too soon." -- Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times
"Stimulating." -- -- New York Times Book Review
Annie Dillard, winner of a 2014 National Humanities Medal, is the author of many works of nonfiction, including An American Childhood and Teaching a Stone to Talk, as well as the novels The Living and The Maytrees.
Annie Dillard goes deep and at the same time light which makes her essays so invigorating.
She doesn't hesitate to review and provide research about the many facets of her... Read more
In this volume of linked essays, Annie Dillard attempts an apologia for fiction and mounts an impassioned argument for its importance in our lives. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by meeah
I'd consider myself a fairly well rounded reader, but unfortunately, I just couldn't handle this text. Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Matt Chapman
Did you ever read the essays of Susan Sontag and suffer the realization that she knows everything and you know nothing? Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by adorian
When I was a student at the University of Iowa, studying poetry writing in the Undergraduate Poetry Workshop, Marvin Bell read an excerpt from this book. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Tale-wagger
I'm a fan of Annie Dillard. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is one of my favorites. Living by Fiction is just as sharp, just as honest, and yet it's less curious, less humble. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Jen Knox
Amazing, magical! Annie Dillard's command of our shared language is truly amazing and her vision distinctive. Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by Sandra S. Berns
A friend to whom I once commended this small volume replied, "Dillard. TINKER CREEK. Nope. She takes forever to get to the point." Maybe so. Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by Cecil Bothwell