The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life


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University of Iowa Press
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5.51 X 8.5 X 0.79 inches | 0.74 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Helen Stefaniak is the author of a collection of short fiction and three novels. She is professor emerita of creative writing at Creighton University, and she teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University. Stefaniak lives in Iowa City, Iowa.


"A treasure trove of marvels, the sort of book you want to wave around and buy for everyone you love. These brief, beguiling essays turn ordinary moments into extraordinary delights and take you along on the wild and bumbling adventures of a writer so witty and wise you will miss her like a dear friend when you close the book."--Valerie Laken, author, Dream House

"The vignettes that make up The Six-Minute Memoir are quirky, engaging, and add up to a terrific evocation of life well-lived, of life joyfully and abundantly embraced. Stefaniak's stalwart midwestern take is reassuringly positive and utterly charming."--Debra Gwartney, author, I am a Stranger Here Myself

"The Six-Minute Memoir is a great pointillistic painting of a book. Up close, you admire the detail inside each dot--a snowy night at the Drake, the troubling foundation of a 150-year-old house, a murky ultrasound of the heart--but when you stand back, taking in the whole of it, the bigger picture emerges: an oft-neglected region of the country, a family lineage, a writer's life. Mary Helen Stefaniak has written an irresistibly likeable, slyly funny, and addictive memoir."--John McNally, author, The Fear of Everything
"The Six-Minute Memoir is so inviting, so insistently curious about so much, the essays sparkling and witty reminders that stepping briefly into the life of another to have a look can be both a joy and a relief." --Scott Korb, director, Pacific University's MFA in Writing program