“They say language makes us human. That notion is being challenged as we discover that apes have language. Whales have language. I welcome them into our fold. I’m not threatened by them, quite frankly, because I think stories make us human. Only by telling them do we stay so.” — Jacqui Banaszynski, “Stories Matter,” in Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide
I really love Telling True Stories and highly recommend it. Perhaps the book should have been subtitled A Narrative Nonfiction Writer’s Guide. I’m a MFA who focused on creative nonfiction, and I’ve found dozens of gems in Telling True Stories.