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The Girl in the Window and Other True Tales

An Anthology with Tips for Finding, Reporting, and Writing Nonfiction Narratives

With a Foreword by Beth Macy

The Girl in the Window and Other True Tales

An Anthology with Tips for Finding, Reporting, and Writing Nonfiction Narratives

With a Foreword by Beth Macy

352 pages | 28 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2023

Reference and Bibliography

Table of Contents

Foreword by Beth Macy
Introduction


Part 1. Short Stories
1. Talk to Strangers
Diving Headlong into Sunny Eden: A Young Couple Flees Winter
2. Get a Life
Zeke the Labrador: An Intuitive Dog Saves His Owner
3. Explore Rituals
Finding the Right Words: A Boy Buys His First Valentine
Spotlight: Finding Ideas
4. Wonder, Who Would Ever?
Meet the “THE” Guy: Flag-Bearer of the Rodeo
5. Establish Intimacy
A Brothers’ Bond: Autism Ties Twins Together
6. Don’t Judge
The Truth Is Flexible: Learning How to Panhandle from the Pros
7. CAST Around
Gone in a Flash: A Garbage Truck Driver Walks into a Bar
8. Unravel the Mystery
A Message from Roger: Long Ago, a Boy Put a Note in a Bottle
9. Carve Out the Elephant
Davion’s Prayer: A Teenage Orphan Goes to Church to Find a Family


Part 2. On Assignment
10. Explore News Briefs
The Saint and the Sacrifice: She Was Devoted to Her Sister but Wanted Her Life Back
11. Ignore Important People
Stormy Daniels: The President’s Porn Star
12. Find a Guide
Pulse Nightclub: Aftermath of the Orlando Shooting Tests a Young Man’s Courage
13. Listen to the Quiet
The Storm Chaser: Riding out a Hurricane with the Weatherman
14. Wait for It
Fast-Forward: IndyCar Champion’s Widow Faces a Dilemma with Their Young Sons
Spotlight: Reporting
15. Go Back
The Long Fall of Phoebe Jonchuck: Her Dad Threw Her off a Bridge into Tampa Bay
16. Find the Helpers
Twelve Hours in an Intensive Care Unit: During the Pandemic

Part 3. Narratives
17. Make a Difference
The Girl in the Window: Can Love and a New Family Save a Feral Child?
18. Inhabit Their Heads
Every Day Is Payday: His First Real Check
19. Braid Narratives
The Last House in Rosewood: No One Asked the Owner about Her Story
Spotlight: Writing and Editing
20. Follow the Story
A Walk in the Woods: Miss Teen America Finds Freedom, for a Day
21. Find the Bruise on the Apple
The Old Daredevil: Evel Knievel Comes Back to Earth
22. Use Their Voices
The Swan Project: For Troubled Girls, Etiquette Classes Open Another World
23. Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
Mr. Newton: A 99-Year-Old Man Still Sweeps a Seafood Factory
24. Get Personal
I Brake for Bobo: A Boy Loses His Stuffed Elephant
Acknowledgments
 

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