From activist choruses
and discarded musicals
to the science of singing
and the different ways
music can define what's essential. . .

Six essays
by Michelle Herman


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praise for
Like A Song: Essays



"A collection of six quietly transgressive essays about music that ultimately asks, Why speak when you can sing?"



Winner of the 2016 Devil's Kitchen Literary Award for Nonfiction Prose

for The Middle of Everything:
Memoirs of Motherhood


"Michelle Herman knows the truth."
- Kathryn Harrison

"Fine writing and the sure,
gifted voice of the storyteller prevail."
- Amy Bloom

"It is a gift to find such candor and honesty."
- Virginia Quarterly Review


for Stories We Tell Ourselves

"An engaging companion offers a spirit of shared humanity."
- Kirkus Review

"This persistently amusing and endearingly eccentric book demonstrates the elasticity and élan of the personal essay in the hands of a consummate practitioner, as well as the plentiful resources of its author's consciousness."
- Phillip Lopate



Michelle is the author of Devotion and Dog, both available from Outpost19. Longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for Stories We Tell Ourselves, she is also the author of The Middle of Everything (essays), Missing (a novel), and A Girl's Guide to Life (a book for children). Born and raised in Brooklyn, she has lived for many years in Columbus, Ohio, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Ohio State.




Like A Song: Essays
by Michelle Herman
278 pages
$16.00 paperback ISBN 9781937402723
$9.99 ebook ISBN 9781937402730

March 2015
















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