Not By Accident by Samantha DunnNot By Accident by Samantha Dunn

Not By Accident

bySamantha Dunn

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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Samantha Dunn used to live for the feeling of wind blowing in her hair and the powerful intoxication of her horse's steady gallop. A tug of Harley's leathery reins could instantly eradicate mounting bills, unfinished work, and the reality of a troubled marriage from her mind. But one day, as she was leading Harley across a stream in a picturesque California canyon, he panicked, knocked her to the ground, and trampled her-nearly severing her leg in the process. Dunn had always been "accident prone"-but in the aftermath of this incident, she began to analyze the details of her life and her propensity for accidents. Was she really just a klutz? Or could there be some underlying emotional reason she was always putting her life in danger? A blend of personal narrative and of research about what drives some people to have more accidents than others,Not by Accidentis an insightful, incisive memoir that helps bridge the gap in understanding that exists on the concept of accident proneness.
Samantha Dunn is the author ofFailing Paris, a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, and the memoirFaith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation. Her essays have appeared in numerous national publications, including theLos Angeles Times, O Magazine, Ms., andSalon. She teaches at the Idyllwild Arts Center and in...
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Title:Not By AccidentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:She Writes PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1631528327

ISBN - 13:9781631528323

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"Dunn's clear prose and lively recall of her calamities make for an effortless read." -People"Witty, smart, droll, moving, and always entertaining, Dunn's book is nothing short of a thoroughly enjoyable triumph . . ." -The Oregonian"I loved this book."-Rosie O'Donnell"Samantha Dunn pulls no punches in this tough, witty, and deeply personal memoir of a brave woman's moment of crisis as she examines the parts played by the elements or risk, identity, and the unexamined life in her own catastrophe, and the unexpected requirements of healing. A beautiful, necessary book." -Janet Fitch"The book you hold in your hands is more than a moving example of art as healing; it's a perfect triumph." -Darin Strauss"Ms. Dunn is the storyteller we all one day want to be: a writer unafraid of the less flattering truths, a writer keen to know why the up is at times down, a writer undaunted by the mysteries peculiar to this planet, a writer for whom the easy answers are no answers at all." -Lee K. Abbott