The Best American Essays 2015

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Ariel Levy
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 6, 2015 - Literary Collections - 270 pages
“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.
 

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The Best American Essays 2015

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Assembled by New Yorker staff writer Levy (Female Chauvinist Pigs), the 30th Best American Essays collection maintains the series’ standards of excellence. The 22 contributors explore a wide range of ... Read full review

Contents

Islands
1
This Old Man
9
Charade
22
A Message to the TwentyFirst Century
31
Strange Days
35
Vision
45
My Daughter and God
56
Difference Maker
72
A Man and His Cat
150
The Loudproof Room
156
My Grandma the Poisoner
162
Reflections on Indexing My Lynching Book
172
Stepping Out
185
Find Your Beach
192
Arrival Gates
198
My Uniform
205

Thing with Feathers That Perches in the Soul
88
The Crooked Ladder
98
65
111
Scenes
124
Smuggler
135
It Will Look Like a Sunset
208
Back Matter
217
Back Cover
245
Spine
246
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ARIEL LEVY is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her piece "Thanksgiving in Mongolia" won the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism. She is currently writing a book based on her experience in Mongolia. 

ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.

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