January 26, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Moore Co-Edits New Book, ‘Bodies of Truth’

Dinty W. Moore, portrait

Dinty W. Moore

Dinty Moore, Professor and Director of Creative Writing, co-edited a new book, Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness, Disability, and Medicine, published by University of Nebraska Press.

He is also currently serving as the Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

Bodies of Truth brings together gripping accounts of the illnesses and medical crises of writers and their loved ones, chronicling the universal human experiences of pain, fear, and hope. The publisher states that the book “offers perspectives on a wide array of issues, from food allergies, cancer, and neurology to mental health, autoimmune disorders, and therapeutic music.”

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The book has received enthusiastic advance praise:

Bodies of Truth takes us to a world of miraculous drugs and drug addictions, of doctors who wonder how to shake hands with the prisoners they treat and nurses who come to confession because death has worked its way into their souls. Above all, it’s truth: that our bodies, and the bodies of those we love and care for, so often take us to places we never knew existed, to find strengths we never knew we had. If illness and death are lonesome roads we must at some point travel, I can’t think of a more fitting companion than this volume. The writers here come as strangers to us, but they bring us gifts—their stories—that connect us whether in pain or compassion.”—Paul Shepherd, editor of Hospital Drive and author of More Like Not Running Away

Bodies of Truth features work by Brian Doyle, Floyd Skloot, Sonya Huber, Riley Passmore, and many other contributors, who describe their experiences of being “patients, nurses, doctors, parents, children, [and] caregivers.” Along with Moore, the book is co-edited by Erin Murphy and Renée K. Nicholson, with a foreword by Jacek L. Mostwin.

Moore is the author of numerous books, including Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and the editor of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.

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