The Best American Essays of the Century

The Best American Essays of the Century
Author: Joyce Carol Oates,Robert Atwan
Pages: 596
ISBN: UCSC:32106015729244
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Release: 2000
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

An anthology of fifty-five essays on a variety of topics features contributions by F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Baldwin, Stephen Jay Gould, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, and other notable twentieth-century literary masters.

The Best American Essays 2019

The Best American Essays 2019
Author: Rebecca Solnit,Robert Atwan
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781328467119
Available:
Release: 2019-10-01
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of the year’s best essays selected by Robert Atwan and guest editor Rebecca Solnit. “Essays are restless literature, trying to find out how things fit together, how we can think about two things at once, how the personal and the public can inform each other, how two overtly dissimilar things share a secret kinship,” contends Rebecca Solnit in her introduction. From lost languages and extinct species to life-affirming cosmologies and literary myths that offer cold comfort, the personal and the public collide in The Best American Essays 2019. This searching, necessary collection grapples with what has preoccupied us in the past year—sexual politics, race, violence, invasive technologies—and yet, in reading for the book, Solnit also found “how discovery can be a deep pleasure.” The Best American Essays 2019 includes Michelle Alexander, Jabari Asim, Alexander Chee, Masha Gessen, Jean Guerrero, Elizabeth Kolbert, Terese Marie Mailhot, Jia Tolentino, and others.

The Best American Essays 2018

The Best American Essays 2018
Author: Hilton Als,Robert Atwan
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780544817432
Available:
Release: 2018-10-02
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Pulitzer–Prize winning and Guggenheim-honored Hilton Als curates the best essays from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites, bringing “the fierce style of street reading and the formal tradition of critical inquiry, reads culture, race, and gender” (New York Times) to the task. “The essay, like love, like life, is indefinable, but you know an essay when you see it, and you know a great one when you feel it, because it is concentrated life,” writes Hilton Als in his introduction. Expertly guided by Als’s instinct and intellect, The Best American Essays 2018 showcases great essays as well as irresistibly eclectic ones. Go undercover in North Korea, delve into the question of race in the novels of William Faulkner, hang out in the 1970s New York music scene, and take a family road trip cum art pilgrimage. These experiences and more immersive slices of concentrated life await.

The Best American Essays 2020

The Best American Essays 2020
Author: André Aciman,Robert Atwan
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780358358589
Available:
Release: 2020-11-03
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of the year’s best essays selected by André Aciman, author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name. “An essay is the child of uncertainty,” André Aciman contends in his introduction to The Best American Essays 2020. “The struggle to write what one hopes is entirely true, and the long incubation every piece of writing requires of a writer who is thinking difficult thoughts, are what ultimately give the writing its depth, its magnitude, its grace.” The essays Aciman selected center on people facing moments of deep uncertainty, searching for a greater truth. From a Black father’s confrontation of his son’s illness, to a divorcée’s transcendent experience with strangers, to a bartender grieving the tragic loss of a friend, these stories are a master class not just in essay writing but in empathy, artfully imbuing moments of hardship with understanding and that elusive grace. The Best American 2020 Essays includes RABIH ALAMEDDINE • BARBARA EHRENREICH • LESLIE JAMISON JAMAICA KINCAID • ALEX MARZANO-LESNEVICH • A. O. SCOTT • JERALD WALKER • STEPHANIE POWELL WATTS and others

The Best American Essays 2017

The Best American Essays 2017
Author: Leslie Jamison,Robert Atwan
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780544817333
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Release: 2017-10-03
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Jamison has done an exceptional job curating this volume, selecting essayists who are diverse in ideas and experiences, and essays that are challenging, passionate, sobering, and clever." --Publishers Weekly "The essay is political--and politically useful, by which I mean humanizing and provocative--because of its commitment to nuance, its explorations of contingency, its spirit of unrest, its glee at overturned assumptions; because of the double helix of awe and distrust--faith and doubt--that structures its DNA," writes guest editor Leslie Jamison in her introduction. From the Iraqi desert to an East Jerusalem refugee camp, from the beginnings of the universeto the aftermath of a suicide attempt, the genetic makeup of the eclectic and electric selections inThe Best American Essays 2017 "thrill toward complexity." The Best American Essays 2017 includes RACHEL KAADZI GHANSAH, LAWRENCE JACKSON, RACHEL KUSHNER, ALAN LIGHTMAN, BERNARD FARAI MATAMBO, WESLEY MORRIS, HEATHER SELLERS, ANDREA STUART and others

The Best American Essays 2013

The Best American Essays 2013
Author: Cheryl Strayed,Robert Atwan
Pages: 339
ISBN: 9780544105744
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Release: 2013-10-08
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Curated by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild, this volume shares intimate perspectives from some of today’s most acclaimed writers. As Cheryl Strayed explains in her introduction, “the invisible, unwritten last line of every essay should be and nothing was ever the same again.” The reader, in other words, should feel the ground shift, if even only a bit. In this edition of the acclaimed anthology series, Strayed has gathered twenty-six essays that each capture an inexorable, tectonic shift in life. Personal and deeply perceptive, this collection examines a broad range of life experiences—from a man’s relationship with Mormonism to a woman’s search for a serial killer; from listening to the music of Joni Mitchell to surviving five months at sea; from triaging injured soldiers to giving birth to a daughter; and much more. The Best American Essays 2013 includes entries by Alice Munro, Zadie Smith, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Dagoberto Gilb, Vicki Weiqi Yang, J.D. Daniels, Michelle Mirsky, and others.

The Best American Essays 2016

The Best American Essays 2016
Author: Jonathan Franzen
Pages: 354
ISBN: 9780544812178
Available:
Release: 2016-10-04
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The National Book Award–winning author compiles a “thought-provoking volume” of essays by Joyce Carol Oates, Oliver Sacks, Jaquira Diaz and others (Publishers Weekly). As Jonathan Franzen writes in his introduction, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 “was whether an author had taken a risk.” The resulting volume showcases authorial risk in a variety of forms, from championing an unpopular opinion to the possibility of ruining a professional career, or irrevocably alienating one’s family. What’s gained are essential insights into aspects of the human condition that would otherwise remain concealed—from questions of queer identity, to the experience of a sibling’s autism and relationships between students and college professors. The Best American Essays 2016 includes entries by Alexander Chee, Paul Crenshaw, Jaquira Diaz, Laura Kipnis, Amitava Kaumar, Sebastian Junger, Joyce Carol Oates, Oliver Sacks, George Steiner, Thomas Chatterton Williams, and others.

The Best American Essays 1995

The Best American Essays  1995
Author: Jamaica Kincaid,Robert Atwan
Pages: 263
ISBN: 0395691834
Available:
Release: 1995
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Compiles the best literary essays of the year originally published in American periodicals

The Glorious American Essay

The Glorious American Essay
Author: Phillip Lopate
Pages: 928
ISBN: 9781524747268
Available:
Release: 2020
Editor: Pantheon
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A monumental, canon-defining anthology of three centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith. Many of the essays Phillip Lopate has gathered here address themselves--sometimes critically--to American values, but even in those that don't, one can detect a subtext about being American. The Founding Fathers and early American writers self-consciously struggle to establish a recognizable national culture. The shining stars of the mid-nineteenth-century American Renaissance no longer lack confidence but face new reckonings with the oppression of blacks and women. The New World tradition of nature writing runs from Audubon, Thoreau, and John Muir to Rachel Carson and Annie Dillard. Marginalized groups in all periods use the essay to assert or to complicate notions of identity. Lopate has cast his net intentionally wide, embracing critical, personal, political, philosophical, humorous, literary, polemical, and autobiographical essays, and making room for sermons, letters, speeches, and columns dealing with a wide variety of subjects. Americans by birth as well as immigrants appear here, famous essayists alongside writers more celebrated for fiction or poetry. The result is an extensive overview of the endless riches of the American essay.

The Best American Essays 2014

The Best American Essays 2014
Author: John Jeremiah Sullivan,Robert Atwan
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780544309906
Available:
Release: 2014-10-07
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Offers a selection of literary essays from the year 2014 which were originally published in American periodicals.

The Best American Essays 2012

The Best American Essays 2012
Author: David Brooks,Robert Atwan
Pages: 338
ISBN: 9780547840543
Available:
Release: 2012-10-02
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Nonfiction from Malcolm Gladwell, Francine Prose, Jonathan Franzen, and more: “There is not a dud in the bunch. [An] exhilarating collection.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) Whether a personal reflection on a wife’s decline from Alzheimer’s, a critique of the overdiagnosis of mood disorders, a lighthearted look at menopause, a friend’s commentary on David Foster Wallace’s heartbreaking suicide, or a memoir of teaching underprivileged children, this collection highlights the best essays of the year with contributions from: Benjamin Anastas • Marcia Angell • Miah Arnold • Geoffrey Bent • Robert Boyers • Dudley Clendinen • Paul Collins • Mark Doty • Mark Edmundson • Joseph Epstein • Jonathan Franzen • Malcolm Gladwell • Peter Hessler • Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough • Garret Keizer • David J. Lawless • Alan Lightman • Sandra Tsing Loh • Ken Murray • Francine Prose • Richard Sennett • Lauren Slater • Jose Antonio Vargas • Wesley Yang “A trove of fine writing on big issues.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Best American Essays 2009

The Best American Essays 2009
Author: Mary Oliver,Robert Atwan
Pages: 202
ISBN: 0618982728
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Release: 2009
Editor: Mariner Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Compiles the best literary essays of the year originally published in American periodicals

The Best American Essays 2015

The Best American Essays 2015
Author: Ariel Levy
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9780544579217
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Release: 2015-10-06
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

“22 contributors explore a wide range of experiences” in this “illuminating, invaluable” anthology edited by the author of Female Chauvinist Pigs (Publishers Weekly). Writing an essay is like catching a wave, posits guest editor Ariel Levy. To catch a wave, you need skill and nerve, not just moving water. The writers featured in this volume are certainly full of nerve, and have crafted a wide range of pieces awash in a diversity of moods, voices, and stances. Leaving an abusive marriage, parting with a younger self, losing your sanity to Fitbit, and even saying goodbye to a beloved pair of pants are just some of the experience probed by essays that are unified in the daring of their creation. As Levy notes, Writing around an idea you think is worthwhile—an idea you suspect is an insight—requires real audacity.” The Best American Essays 2015 includes entries by Hilton Als, Roger Angell, Justin Cronin, Meghan Daum, Anthony Doerr, Margo Jefferson, David Sedaris, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnit and others.

The Best American History Essays 2006

The Best American History Essays 2006
Author: Organization of American Historians
Pages: 305
ISBN: 9781137065803
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Release: 2016-09-23
Editor: Springer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Ten of the best articles in American history published in 2006 selected from over 300 learned and popular journals. Topics range from the general to the specific and cover all aspects of American history, from the early days of the republic through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These are the questions that today's historians are asking.

The Best American History Essays on Lincoln

The Best American History Essays on Lincoln
Author: Organization of American Historians
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9780230615564
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Release: 2016-04-30
Editor: Springer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This new volume in the Best American History Essays series brings together classic writing from top American historians on one of our greatest presidents. Ranging from incisive assessments of his political leadership, to explorations of his enigmatic character, to reflections on the mythos that has become inseparable from the man, each of these contributions expands our understanding of Abraham Lincoln and shows why he has been such an object of enduring fascination.Contributions include:* James McPherson on Lincoln the military strategist* Richard Hofstadter on the Lincoln legend* Edmund Wilson on his contribution to American letters* John Hope Franklinon the Emancipation Proclamation* James Horton on Lincoln and race* David M. Potter on the secession* Richard Current on Lincoln's political genius* Mark Neely on Lincoln and civil liberties.

The Best American Essays College Edition

The Best American Essays  College Edition
Author: Robert Atwan
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1133310346
Available:
Release: 2013-01-04
Editor: Wadsworth Publishing Company
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, Seventh College Edition, presents highly regarded contemporary authors at their best. The essays are thematically arranged and selected from the popular trade series of the same name. They also cover common rhetorical modes, including narration and argumentation, providing instructors optimal flexibility with respect to course approach. In the introduction, Robert Atwan offers an overview of various types of essays to prepare students for the readings that follow. To further prepare students, "Essayists on the Essay" offers insightful commentaries about the genre from many of today's top writers. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

The Best American Food Writing 2020

The Best American Food Writing 2020
Author: J. Kenji López-Alt,Silvia Killingsworth
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780358346494
Available:
Release: 2020-11-03
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The year’s top food writing from writers who celebrate the many innovative, comforting, mouthwatering, and culturally rich culinary offerings of our country. “These are stories about culture,” writes J. Kenji López-Alt in his introduction. “About how food shapes people, neighborhoods, and history.” This year’s Best American Food Writing captures the food industry at a critical moment in history — from the confrontation of abusive kitchen culture, to the disappearance of the supermarkets, to the rise and fall of celebrity chefs, to the revolution of baby food. Spanning from New York’s premier restaurants to the chile factories of New Mexico, this collection lifts a curtain on how food arrives on our plates, revealing extraordinary stories behind what we eat and how we live. THE BEST AMERICAN FOOD WRITING 2020 INCLUDES BURKHARD BILGER, KAT KINSMAN, LAURA HAYES, TAMAR HASPEL, SHO SPAETH, TIM MURPHY and others

The Story of America

The Story of America
Author: Jill Lepore
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780691159591
Available:
Release: 2013-10-27
Editor: Princeton University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New Yorker staff writer examines the origins of dozens of writings, speeches and other printed pieces from American history--from paper ballots and I.O.U.s to the Constitution and Thomas Paine's Common Sense to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural address.

A Collection of Essays

A Collection of Essays
Author: George Orwell
Pages: 324
ISBN: 0547416512
Available:
Release: 1970-10-21
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this bestselling compilation of essays, written in the clear-eyed, uncompromising language for which he is famous, Orwell discusses with vigor such diverse subjects as his boyhood schooling, the Spanish Civil War, Henry Miller, British imperialism, and the profession of writing.

Black is the Body

Black is the Body
Author: Emily Bernard
Pages: 217
ISBN: 9780451493026
Available:
Release: 2019
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably. . . . Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book." In these twelve deeply personal, connected essays, Bernard details the experience of growing up black in the south with a family name inherited from a white man, surviving a random stabbing at a New Haven coffee shop, marrying a white man from the North and bringing him home to her family, adopting two children from Ethiopia, and living and teaching in a primarily white New England college town. Each of these essays sets out to discover a new way of talking about race and of telling the truth as the author has lived it. "Black Is the Body is one of the most beautiful, elegant memoirs I've ever read. It's about race, it's about womanhood, it's about friendship, it's about a life of the mind, and also a life of the body. But more than anything, it's about love. I can't praise Emily Bernard enough for what she has created in these pages." --Elizabeth Gilbert WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD PRIZE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PROSE NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND KIRKUS REVIEWS ONE OF MAUREEN CORRIGAN'S 10 UNPUTDOWNABLE READS OF THE YEAR