The Best American Essays 2015

The Best American Essays 2015


  • Author: Ariel Levy & Robert Atwan
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Essays
  • File Size: 2216328 Bytes


“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.” This year’s writers 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 imbued with meaning are all unified by 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 Hilton Als, Roger Angell, Justin Cronin, Meghan Daum, Anthony Doerr, Mar...

The Best American Travel Writing 2015

The Best American Travel Writing 2015


  • Author: Andrew McCarthy & Jason Wilson
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Essays & Memoirs
  • File Size: 2716023 Bytes


In his introduction, guest editor Andrew McCarthy says that the best travel writing is “the anonymous and solitary traveler capturing a moment in time and place, giving meaning to his or her travels.” The stories in The Best American Travel Writing 2015 demonstrate just that spirit, whether it is the story of a marine returning to Iraq a decade after his deployment, a writer retracing the footsteps of humanity as it spread from Africa throughout the world, or looking for love on a physics-themed cruise down the Rhone River. No matter what the subject, the writers featured in this volume boldly call out, “Yes, this matters. Follow me!”  The Best American Travel Writing 2015 includes Iris Smyles, Paul Theroux, Christopher So...

The Best American Essays 2015
Score: 3.5
From 25 Ratings

The Best American Essays 2015


  • Author : Ariel Levy
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544569621


The Best American Essays 2015 Book Description :

"New Yorker "magazine staff writer and award-winning essayist Ariel Levy picks the year s best essays, selected from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. "...

The Best American Essays 2005
Score: 3
From 20 Ratings

The Best American Essays 2005


  • Author : Susan Orlean
  • Publisher : Mariner Books
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0618357130


The Best American Essays 2005 Book Description :

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

The Best American Essays 2013
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Best American Essays 2013


  • Author : Robert Atwan
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2013-10-08
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544105744


The Best American Essays 2013 Book Description :

Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column “Dear Sugar,” this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays....

The Best American Essays 2018

The Best American Essays 2018


  • Author : Hilton Als
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544817432


The Best American Essays 2018 Book Description :

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 th...

The Best American Essays 2016

The Best American Essays 2016


  • Author : Jonathan Franzen
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544812178


The Best American Essays 2016 Book Description :

A true essay is “something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s personal experience and subjectivity,” writes guest editor Jonathan Franzen in his introduction. However, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 was, in a word, risk. Whether the risks involved championing an unpopular opinion, the possibility of ruining a professional career, or irrevocably offending family, for Franzen, “the writer has to be like the firefighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing the flames, is to run straight into them.” The Best American Essays 2016 includes ALEXANDER CHEE, PAUL CRENSHAW, JAQUIRA DÍAZ, LAURA KIPNIS, AMITAVA KUMAR, SEBASTIAN JUNGER, JOYCE CAROL OATES, OL...

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015


  • Author : Rebecca Skloot
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544286740


The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 Book Description :

Rebecca Skloot, #1 "New York Times" best-selling author, edits this year svolume of the finestscience and nature writing."...

The Best American Essays 2016

The Best American Essays 2016


  • Author : Jonathan Franzen
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544812178


The Best American Essays 2016 Book Description :

A true essay is “something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s personal experience and subjectivity,” writes guest editor Jonathan Franzen in his introduction. However, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 was, in a word, risk. Whether the risks involved championing an unpopular opinion, the possibility of ruining a professional career, or irrevocably offending family, for Franzen, “the writer has to be like the firefighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing the flames, is to run straight into them.” The Best American Essays 2016 includes ALEXANDER CHEE, PAUL CRENSHAW, JAQUIRA DÍAZ, LAURA KIPNIS, AMITAVA KUMAR, SEBASTIAN JUNGER, JOYCE CAROL OATES, OL...

The Best American Essays 2011
Score: 2.5
From 46 Ratings

The Best American Essays 2011


  • Author : Edwidge Danticat
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2011-10-04
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547678436


The Best American Essays 2011 Book Description :

The Best American Series® First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites . A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind. The Best American Essays 2011 includes Hilton Als, Katy Butler, Toi Derricotte, Christopher Hitchens, Pico Iyer, Charlie LeDuff, Chang-Rae Lee, Lia Purpura, Zadie Smith, Reshma Memon Yaqub, and others...

The Best American Sports Writing 2015
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Best American Sports Writing 2015


  • Author : Wright Thompson
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544462670


The Best American Sports Writing 2015 Book Description :

For twenty-five years, The Best American Sports Writing has built a solid reputation by showcasing the greatest sports journalism of the past year, culled from hundreds of national, regional, and specialty print and digital publications. Wright Thompson, many times included in this volume over the years, takes his turn at the helm by curating this exceptional collection. The only shared trait among these diverse pieces is the extraordinarily high caliber of writing, but collectively they tap into the pure passion that can only come from sports. And for all aspiring sports writers, says Thompson, “these selections are both road map and compass.” The Best American Sports Writing 2015 includes Don Van Natta Jr., Chris Ballard, Katie Baker, Christoph...

The Best American Essays 2017
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Best American Essays 2017


  • Author : Leslie Jamison
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544817333


The Best American Essays 2017 Book Description :

"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 sel...