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Eula Biss - Author

About the Author

Eula Biss is the author of The Balloonists and Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, which received the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Her essays have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The Best Creative Nonfiction, as well as in the Believer and Harper's. Her writing has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Biss holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in nonfictionwriting from the University of Iowa. She teaches at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago.

Featured books by Eula Biss

On Immunity: An Inoculation

On Immunity: An Inoculation

Author: Eula Biss Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2015

In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear - fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in your children's air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected - our bodies and our fates.

Other books by Eula Biss

Notes from No Man's Land American Essays

Notes from No Man's Land American Essays

Author: Eula Biss Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2017

A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity. NOTES FROM NO MAN'S LAND: AMERICAN ESSAYS begins with a series of lynchings and ends with a series of apologies. Eula Biss explores race in America and her response to the topic is informed by the experiences chronicled in these essays - teaching in a Harlem school on the morning of 9/11, reporting from an African American newspaper in San Diego, watching the aftermath of hurricane Katrina from a college town in Iowa, and settling in Chicago's most diverse neighbourhood. As Biss moves across the country from New York to California to the Midwest, her essays move across from biblical Babylon to the freedmen's schools of Reconstruction to a Jim Crow mining town to post-war white flight. She brings an eclectic education to the page, drawing variously on the Eagles, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Baldwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Joan Didion, religious pamphlets, and reality television. These spare, sometimes lyric essays explore the legacy of race in America, artfully revealing in intimate detail how families, schools, and neighbourhood participate in preserving racial privilege.Faced with a disturbing past and unsettling present, Biss still remains hopeful about the possibilites of American diversity, 'not the sun-shininess of it, or the quote-making politics of it, but the real complexity of it. '

I Don't See Color Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege

I Don't See Color Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege

Author: Eula Biss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Who is white, and why should we care? There was a time when the immigrants of New York City's Lower East Side--the Irish, the Poles, the Italians, the Russian Jews--were not white, but now they are. There was a time when the French-speaking working classes of Quebec were told to speak white, that is, to speak English. Whiteness is an allegorical category before it is demographic. This volume gathers together some of the most influential scholars of privilege and marginalization in philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, literature, and history to examine the idea of whiteness. Drawing from their diverse racial backgrounds and national origins, these scholars weave their theoretical insights into essays critically informed by personal narrative. This approach, known as braided narrative, animates the work of award-winning author Eula Biss. Moved by Biss's fresh and incisive analysis, the editors have assembled some of the most creative voices in this dialogue, coming together across the disciplines. Along with the editors, the contributors are Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Nyla R. Branscombe, Drucilla Cornell, Lewis R. Gordon, Paget Henry, Ernest-Marie Mbonda, Peggy McIntosh, Mark McMorris, Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Victor Ray, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Louise Seamster, Tracie L. Stewart, George Yancy, and Heidi A. Zetzer.

I Don't See Color Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege

I Don't See Color Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege

Author: Eula Biss Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/02/2015

Who is white, and why should we care? There was a time when the immigrants of New York City's Lower East Side--the Irish, the Poles, the Italians, the Russian Jews--were not white, but now they are. There was a time when the French-speaking working classes of Quebec were told to speak white, that is, to speak English. Whiteness is an allegorical category before it is demographic. This volume gathers together some of the most influential scholars of privilege and marginalization in philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, literature, and history to examine the idea of whiteness. Drawing from their diverse racial backgrounds and national origins, these scholars weave their theoretical insights into essays critically informed by personal narrative. This approach, known as braided narrative, animates the work of award-winning author Eula Biss. Moved by Biss's fresh and incisive analysis, the editors have assembled some of the most creative voices in this dialogue, coming together across the disciplines. Along with the editors, the contributors are Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Nyla R. Branscombe, Drucilla Cornell, Lewis R. Gordon, Paget Henry, Ernest-Marie Mbonda, Peggy McIntosh, Mark McMorris, Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Victor Ray, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Louise Seamster, Tracie L. Stewart, George Yancy, and Heidi A. Zetzer.

On Immunity: An Inoculation

On Immunity: An Inoculation

Author: Eula Biss Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2015

In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear - fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in your children's air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected - our bodies and our fates.

Balloonists

Balloonists

Author: Eula Biss Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2015

Now on ebook, the brilliant debut by Eula Biss, author of On Immunity and Notes from No Man's Land"e;We tell ourselves stories in order to live,"e; writes Joan Didion, with a certain skepticism. We also live by the stories we tell. It is enough for the end of a fairy tale to read simply, "e;. . . then they were married."e; I suspect my father, among others, of marrying in order to locate himself within this kind of easy fairy tale.Available for the first time as an ebook, Eula Biss's The Balloonists is a multi-faceted essay about the dissolution of marriage and the recovery of memory and family. Interweaving her own story with fragmentary narratives of exploration, youth, and loss, Biss creates an unforgettable work of wreckage and resilience.

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