The Best American Essays 2015

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Ariel Levy, Robert Atwan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 6, 2015 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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“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 2015includes
Hilton Als, Roger Angell, Justin Cronin, Meghan Daum, Anthony Doerr, Margo Jefferson, David Sedaris, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnitand others
ARIEL LEVY,guest editor, has been a staff writer atThe New Yorkersince 2008. She received the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism for her piece “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” which she is expanding into a book for Random House.Female Chauvinist Pigs,Levy’s first book, has been translated into seven languages.She teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and at Wesleyan University.

ROBERT ATWAN,the series editor ofThe Best American Essayssince its inception in 1986, has published on a wide variety of subjects, from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare. His criticism, essays, humor, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide.
 

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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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