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The Untouched Minutes (River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2004

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"With one act of violation, the bubble of the private life opens to admit the public--and Morrill interrogates the nature of the 'suddenness' brought to bear on mortality. His acutely self-conscious and astutely philosophical response asks us to address the many kinds of violence--what we see and what we don't--that connect our lives to a world outside."--Judith Kitchen, author of The House on Eccles Road. "The Untouched Minutes is a probing tour de force, exploring both the terror and the mystification of a home invasion. This book often feels as if it has been written in a dream, the prose luminous, hallucinatory, voluptuously vivid, the writer engaged in a detective story and an epistolary meditation on the self-as-victim, the self-as-witness. An intensely personal and political book."--Patricia Foster, author of All the Lost Girls: Confessions of a Southern Daughter. "In a time when fear is everywhere--and everywhere manipulated, exploited, and trivialized--Donald Morrill takes a different tack. Morrill searches for intellectual understanding and personal healing, exploring his own fears and those we share with rigorous lucidity, courage, and honesty."--Jeff Gundy, author of Scattering Point: The World in a Mennonite Eye. "Visceral, eloquent, probing, lyrical, and always intelligent, this compelling narrative braids personal experience with public phenomena so skillfully that it brings the reader close to comprehending at least the shadowy outlines of the incomprehensible."--Ruth Schwartz, author of Edgewater

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Donald Morrill is a professor of English at the University of Tampa and poetry editor of The Tampa Review. He is the author of two previous books of nonfiction, most recently "Sounding for Cool," and a book of poetry, "At the Bottom of the Sky."

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The Other Side of the Eye 10 Oct. 2014
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This book is a well-written memoir of a robbery. I bought it because I'm a writer who's writing someone else's memoir, and I wanted to evaluate how Morrill wrote his story from both the first and third person point of view. I loved his ability to show readers how deeply a person feels about an intrusion such as the one he experienced. I found myself skipping forward to find the story inside his story, eager to know what happened.

These words hit home for me and sent a shill up my spine: "You can never know the other side of the eye. By definition, all experience is the experience of a survivor: experience must be survived in order to become experience." I'm relieved that Donald and Lisa survived this experience and hope like hell I never have to live through anything like this.
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