The Untouched Minutes (River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize)

By: Morrill, Donald

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What would you be willing to do to save someone, perhaps someone you loved? On a moment's notice, for instance, would you lunge between that person and an assailant's knife strike? In that same situation, what would you be willing do for yourself? And what if there were nothing, ultimately, to be done?

These and other such questions live in the untouched minutes--questions most of us are, fortunately, never compelled to answer, though the media exposes us daily to the stories of those who are. In February 2001, on what started out as a typical Sunday afternoon, Donald Morrill and his wife Lisa Birnbaum became the victims of a home invasion and found themselves faced with the specter of ultimate contingency. In "The Untouched Minutes," Morrill recounts and examines the events of that day and its aftermath as well as the circumstances surrounding the murders of Dartmouth professors Half and Suzanne Zantop, which occurred the same week.

Set against the unfolding drama of post-9/11 America, "The Untouched Minutes" explores how violence and the threat of violence color and recast one's assumptions and can plot the course of people facing the unknown, the unknowable, the irredeemable. Morrill presents a memorable portrait of what it means to take back the life that, finally, wasn't taken, and in the process he offers a powerful meditation on terror and security, home and travel, art, race, luck, and our individual places in the wider world.

Title: The Untouched Minutes (River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize)

Author Name: Morrill, Donald

Categories: Other,

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press:

ISBN Number: 0803245629

ISBN Number 13: 9780803245624

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803245629Z2

Description: 0803245629 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear and a remainder mark to one edge - NICE