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Unless It Moves The Human Heart by Roger Rosenblatt

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Also by Roger Rosenblatt:

The Boy Detective, November 2013
Hardcover
Kayak Morning, January 2012
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Unless It Moves The Human Heart, January 2011
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Making Toast, February 2010
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Beet, February 2008
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Lapham Rising, February 2006
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Unless It Moves The Human Heart
Roger Rosenblatt

The Craft and Art of Writing

HarperCollins
January 2011
On Sale: January 4, 2011
175 pages
ISBN: 0061965618
EAN: 9780061965616
Paperback
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For more than forty years, distinguished author Roger Rosenblatt has also been a teacher of writing, guiding students with the same intelligence and generosity he brings to the page, answering the difficult questions about what makes a story good, an essay shapely, a novel successful, and the most profound and essential question of them all—why write?

Unless It Moves the Human Heart details one semester in Rosenblatt's "Writing Everything" class. In a series of funny, intimate conversations, a diverse group of students—from Inur, a young woman whose family is from Pakistan, to Sven, an ex–fighter pilot—grapples with the questions and subjects most important to narrative craft. Delving into their varied lives, Rosenblatt brings readers closer to them, emotionally investing us in their failures and triumphs.

More than a how-to for writers and aspiring writers, more than a memoir of teaching, Unless It Moves the Human Heart is a deeply felt and impassioned plea for the necessity of writing in our lives. As Rosenblatt wisely reminds us, "Writing is the cure for the disease of living. Doing it may sometimes feel like an escape from the world, but at its best moments it is an act of rescue."

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PBS News Hour - January 31, 2011

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