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Tell It Slant, Third Edition, 3rd Edition by Suzanne Paola, Brenda Miller

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Innovative Forms: The Wide Variety of Creative Nonfiction

I go out of my way, but rather by license than carelessness. My ideas follow one another, but sometimes it is from a distance, and look at each other, but with a sidelong glance . . . I love the poetic gait, by leaps and gambols.

—MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE

I find myself thumbing through an encyclopedia of Jewish religion I happened to pick up at the library. As I turn the pages of this marvelous book, I’m struck by how little I, a Jewish woman who went to Hebrew school for most of my formative years, know about my own religion. I start writing down the quotes that interest me most, facts about the Kabbalah and ritual baths and dybbuks and the Tree of Life. I’ve also started noodling around ...

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