Nonfiction

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Generation Space: A Love Story is based on the lifelong interest in space exploration she shares with her husband and co-author, Douglas R. Dechow, and on the trips they took to the Space Coast in Florida to witness the last Shuttle launches in person. This personal and cultural memoir defines a generation and grapples with what space exploration means, how it shapes our lives, and how it informs the ways we see ourselves and the vast universe around us. It’s forthcoming in April 2017 from Stillhouse Press. Read more at Lofty Ambitions.

Anna’s book Tumor is forthcoming in the Object Lessons series from Bloomsbury.

In 2016, Anna’s nonfiction won two awards: the Grand Literary Prize at Dogwood and the Creative Nonfiction Prize at Ninth Letter.

Anna is working with Lisa Sparks, an expert in health communication, on a book called Conversing With Cancer: How to Ask Questions, Find and Share Information, and Make the Best Decisions that will be published in the Language as Social Action series from Peter Lang Publishing in 2017. Both Anna’s parents died of cancer, and several of her friends died of cancer in their forties. This book draws from her own experience and aims to make a difference in the lives of health communication scholars and students, physicians and other healthcare providers, and cancer patients and their families.

Anna’s recent nonfiction available online includes the following:

Her memoir piece entitled “Half-Skull Days” appears in The Pinch (Spring 2012) and was named a Notable in The Best American Essays 2013Anna’s essay “Strange Attraction: John Wayne and Me” appears in The Southern Review (Spring 2011). She also writes for The Huffington Post.

AnnaMercury7With husband and co-author Doug, Anna has published an article about archives in Air & Space Magazine (August 2011), has a piece about small airports at Airplane Reading, and published a photo essay in Fifth Wednesday.