The Gin Closet
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Gin Closet


  • Author : Leslie Jamison
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-02-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1439157871


The Gin Closet Book Description :

AS A YOUNG WOMAN, Tilly flees home for the hollow underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits. One day, after Tilly has spent nearly thirty years without a family, drinking herself to the brink of death, her niece Stella—who has been leading her own life of empty promise in New York City—arrives on the doorstep of Tilly’s desert trailer. The Gin Closet unravels the strange and powerful intimacy that forms between them. With an uncanny ear for dialogue and a witty, unflinching candor about sex, love, and power, Leslie Jamison reminds us that no matter how unexpected its turns, the life we’re given is all we have: the cruelties that unhinge us, the beauties that clarify us, the addictions that deform us, thos...

The Gin Closet
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Gin Closet


  • Author : Leslie Jamison
  • Publisher : Free Press
  • Release Date : 2011-05-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 143915323X


The Gin Closet Book Description :

AS A YOUNG WOMAN, Tilly flees home for the hollow underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits. One day, after Tilly has spent nearly thirty years without a family, drinking herself to the brink of death, her niece Stella—who has been leading her own life of empty promise in New York City—arrives on the doorstep of Tilly’s desert trailer. The Gin Closet unravels the strange and powerful intimacy that forms between them. With an uncanny ear for dialogue and a witty, unflinching candor about sex, love, and power, Leslie Jamison reminds us that no matter how unexpected its turns, the life we’re given is all we have: the cruelties that unhinge us, the beauties that clarify us, the addictions that deform us, thos...

The Empathy Exams
Score: 3.5
From 20 Ratings

The Empathy Exams


  • Author : Leslie Jamison
  • Publisher : Graywolf Press
  • Release Date : 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781555970888


The Empathy Exams Book Description :

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014 Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others'—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her ...

Make It Scream  Make It Burn
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Make It Scream Make It Burn


  • Author : Leslie Jamison
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316259668


Make It Scream Make It Burn Book Description :

From the "astounding" (!--~i~--Entertainment Weekly), "spectacularly evocative" (!--~i~--The Atlantic), and "brilliant" (!--~i~--Los Angeles Times) author of the !--~i~--New York Times bestsellers !--~i~--The Recovering and !--~i~--The Empathy Exams comes a return to the essay form in this expansive new book. ONE OF THE FALL'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS: Time, Entertainment Weekly, O, Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Seattle Times, BuzzFeed, BookPage, The Millions, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lit Hub, Women's Day, AV Club, Nylon, Bustle, Goop, Goodreads, Book Riot, Yahoo! Lifestyle, Pacific Standard, The Week, and Romper. With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has b...

The Recovering
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

The Recovering


  • Author : Leslie Jamison
  • Publisher : Granta Books
  • Release Date : 2018-05-03
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783781546


The Recovering Book Description :

Addiction is seemingly inexplicable. From the outside, it can look like wilful, arrogant self-destruction; from the inside, it can feel as inevitable and insistent as a heartbeat. It is possible to describe, but hard to explore. Yet in The Recovering, Leslie Jamison draws on her own life and the lives of addicts of extraordinary talent - John Cheever, John Berryman, Jean Rhys and Amy Winehouse among them - to take us inside the experience of addiction, exposing the contours, edges and wholes of an intoxicated life. Part memoir, part group biography, part literary history and part definitive analysis of cultural and social considerations of addiction, The Recovering is a significant moment in the history of post-war narrative non-fiction....

Such Mean Estate

Such Mean Estate


  • Author : Leslie Jamison
  • Publisher : Power House Books
  • Release Date : 2015-04-09
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1576877361


Such Mean Estate Book Description :

The photographs that make up In Such Mean Estate have been appropriated from films about the apocalypse. Each film cited expresses cataclysmic destruction caused by human interference or negligence; from unstable weather to nuclear fallout and global poverty. Though the tone of each image ranges from disturbing and sombre to gory or camp, they often reach the same conclusion: that of total annihilation. A dissection of entertainment that is both fantastical and a harbinger of things to come....

Burn It Down
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Burn It Down


  • Author : Lilly Dancyger
  • Publisher : Seal Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10-08
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781580058940


Burn It Down Book Description :

A rich, nuanced exploration of women's anger from a diverse group of writers Women are furious, and we're not keeping it to ourselves any longer. We're expected to be composed and compliant, but in a world that would strip us of our rights, disparage our contributions, and deny us a seat at the table of authority, we're no longer willing to quietly seethe behind tight smiles. We're ready to burn it all down. In this ferocious collection of essays, twenty-two writers explore how anger has shaped their lives: author of the New York Times bestseller The Empathy Exams Leslie Jamison confesses that she used to insist she wasn't angry-until she learned that she was; Melissa Febos, author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir Abandon Me, writes about ...

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015


  • Author : Rebecca Skloot
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544286757


The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 Book Description :

The Best American Series The next edition in a series praised as “undeniably exquisite” (Maria Popova), The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 includes work from both award-winning writers and up-and-coming voices in the field. From Brooke Jarvis on deep-ocean mining to Elizabeth Kolbert on New Zealand’s unconventional conservation strategies, this is a group that celebrates the growing diversity in science and nature writing alike. Altogether, the writers honored in this year’s volume challenge us to consider the strains facing our planet and its many species, while never losing sight of the wonders we’re working to preserve for generations to come. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 includes Sheri Fink, Atul Gawa...

The Recovering

The Recovering


  • Author : Leslie Jamison
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2018-04-03
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316259620


The Recovering Book Description :

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "An astounding triumph . . . Profound . . . Achingly wise . . . A recovery memoir like no other." --Entertainment Weekly (A) "Riveting . . . Beautifully told." --Boston Globe "An honest and important book . . . Vivid writing and required reading." --Stephen King "Perceptive and generous-hearted . . . Uncompromising . . . Jamison is a writer of exacting grace." --Washington Post From the New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams comes this transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction. With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction n...

Love and Ruin  Tales of Obsession  Danger  and Heartbreak from The Atavist Magazine
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Love and Ruin Tales of Obsession Danger and Heartbreak from The Atavist Magazine


  • Author : Evan Ratliff
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2016-07-26
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393352726


Love and Ruin Tales of Obsession Danger and Heartbreak from The Atavist Magazine Book Description :

Extraordinary stories of crime, passion, and adventure from The Atavist magazine, the trailblazing leader in longform narrative writing. Since its inception, The Atavist Magazine has been a pioneer of today’s longform journalism renaissance. Now, Love and Ruin brings ten of the magazine’s most astonishing stories into print for the first time. These writers have taken reporting to the extremes of nature, turned inward to explore what makes us human, and burrowed deep into archives in search of mysterious figures and events more surprising than anything in contemporary fiction. What unifies these nonfiction masterpieces is the keen eye with which their writers capture the details of human experience, and their knack for hooking us into a story and...