• What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte
    What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte
    by Lisa Knopp
  • The Nature of Home: A Lexicon and Essays
    The Nature of Home: A Lexicon and Essays
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Interior Places
    Interior Places
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape (Singular Lives)
    Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape (Singular Lives)
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Field of Vision
    Field of Vision
    by Lisa Knopp


Knopp is the author of Field of Vision, Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape, The Nature of Home, and Interior Places. Her award-winning creative nonfiction, which explores her home ground in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska, has been lauded as "reminiscent of Thoreau's introspective nature writing and Dillard's taut, personal prose."




Nancy McCabe's jacket blurb for Bread

Here's a jacket blurb from Nancy McCabe that really zeroes in on some of the most important issues in my forthcoming book, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger.

“Knopp addresses the little-discussed phenomenon of eating disorders/disordered eating among women as aging cloaks them in a kind of cultural invisibility. Retracing her own life through the lens of her “malady,” Knopp also broadens the conversation to examine American cultural values and the roles that motherhood, mother-blame, ageism and patriarchal systems have played in her own ongoing conflicts with food.”—Nancy McCabe, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, author of Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption


Kate Hopper's jacket blurb for Bread

"In this moving memoir, Lisa Knopp deftly weaves research and personal narrative to deepen our understanding of the complex causes and ramifications of disordered eating. At one point or another in our lives, each of us has been “famished for something hard to name.” Knopp gives voice to that yearning, at the same time she refuses to shy away from asking difficult questions. Bread is a gift that will help any reader embrace his or her own resistance story."
—Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air and Use Your Words: A Write Guide for Mothers 

For Love and Money

This semester I get to teach two great classes, both of which are dual-level (graduate and undergraduate students). In Travel Writing, we read John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley and Michele Morano's Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain, among other things, and students write essays about walks that they take (in Nebraska in January!), trips they've taken, what home looks like when viewed from the perspective of a traveler, and more. In Narrative Nonfiction, we read great literary journalism --  Truman Capote, Svetlana Alexievich, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ted Conover, Joseph Mitchell, Susan Orlean, Joan Didion -- and write monologues, observed and constructed scenes, profiles, and immersion pieces. What fun this is. And, I get paid to do it! 


Sonya Huber's jacket blurb for Bread: A Memoir of Hunger

Thanks for Sonya Huber for this wonderful jacket blurb!

Knopp delves into the connections that bind her objects of hunger--for bread, love, justice, safety, and words. Weaving personal stories, reflection, and a dazzling range of research, she turns her prodigious talents as an essayist to the question of food and its biological, social, cultural, and spiritual implications. This essaying memoir is a profound and important contribution.
Sonya Huber, author of Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir





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