That Muscle Called the Heart: Essays About a Marriage is a collection of creative nonfiction essays of varying lengths and writing styles. Shorter, lyrical pieces recreate moments in history, while longer research-based essays deal thematically with post-9/11 U.S. societal attitudes, pop-culture phenomena, feminism, identity, and interracial marriage. All the essays examine the interconnectedness---as well as the dissonance---of human relationships. They are meant to be read as both simple stories and complicated inquiries into the nature of human generosity and fallibility. Each essay begs the question, what do we learn when we look over a person's shoulder, when her quirks, her inconsistencies, her impulses, and desires become suddenly public?being off on my own, never minded petty rumors about my weirdness, never wanted what everyone else wanted just for the sake of wanting. Instead ... Even though I know my mother has always admired my creativity, I also know that the same impulses that propel that ... Most of the time I think my estrangement from my parents ... More probable is that they simply do not like the person I have become.
|Title||:||That Muscle Called the Heart: Essays about a Marriage|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|