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Testing the Limits of What I Know and Feel

Testing the Limits of What I Know and Feel

A "This I Believe" Essay

This I Believe

John Updike; read by the author; Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, eds.

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On Sale: 10/03/2006

ISBN: 9781427201645

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike comments on how writing fiction can push the writer's boundaries, in "Testing the Limits of What I Know and Feel," his contribution to NPR's This I Believe series.

This I Believe is a National Public Radio program that features Americans, from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins with the series title. The pieces that make up the program compel listeners to re-think not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.

Featuring a star-studded list of contributors that includes John McCain, Isabel Allende, and Colin Powell, as well as pieces from the original 1950's series including Helen Keller and Jackie Robinson, the This I Believe collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer, a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board. The result is a stirring, funny and always provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of Americans whose beliefs, and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them, reveal the American spirit at its best.

This short audio essay is an excerpt from the audiobook edition of the This I Believe anthology.

John Updike; read by the author; Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, eds.

John Updike (1932-2009) was one of only three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize more than once (for Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest). He was a prolific writer who published more than twenty novels, over a dozen poetry collections, and essays, art and literary criticism, and children's books. His best known works include the Henry "Rabbit" Angstrom novels, the Henry Bech stories, and The Witches of Eastwick.

Jay Allison, the host of This I Believe, is an independent broadcast journalist. His work airs on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, PRI's This American Life, ABC News' Nightline, and other national programs.

Dan Gediman, is the Executive Producer of This I Believe. His work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Marketplace, Soundprint, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life.

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