My summer reading list: Mellissa Jessen-Hiser


Mellissa Jessen-Hiser
Creative nonfiction, incoming

This summer, I’m checking-off several of the books from the program’s creative nonfiction reading list, including:

Essays by Michel de Montaigne and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays edited by David Lazar and Patrick Madden — I’m hoping the latter will shed some light on the former.

Confessions by Saint Augustine — The combination of Montaigne and Augustine will be my summer education in the foundations of creative nonfiction.

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa — I’m sorry to say that this is the only woman-driven piece on my reading list this summer. But I anticipate it being a great opportunity to explore form and to complicate and challenge my understanding of identity.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote — I read this book several years ago and it revolutionized my perspective on nonfiction writing. I look forward to cracking it open again with a more critical eye.

If time permits, I’ll probably indulge in a few others from my Amazon wish list, such as A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman. And n break for me would be complete without a healthy dose of mythology from the latest Rick Riordan adventure.

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