The Best American Essays 2012

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Robert Atwan, David Brooks
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 2, 2012 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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The Best American Essays 2012 includes

Marcia Angell, Miah Arnold, Mark Doty, Joseph Epstein, Jonathan Franzen,
Malcolm Gladwell, Francine Prose, Lauren Slater,
Sandra Tsing Loh, Jose Antonio Vargas, and others

 

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User Review  - JamesMScott - LibraryThing

I read 15 of the half dozen in this collection. From where I sit, the popular NYT writer Brooks did a fine job of sifting out an interesting and insightful offering of essays. All of those I read we ... Read full review

The Best American Essays 2012

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Why do you read? In his essay "Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?" Mark Edmundson reveals that he reads for one reason: "In reading, I continue to look for one thing—to be influenced, to learn ... Read full review

Contents

BENJAMIN ANASTAS The Foul Reign of SelfReliance
1
MARCIA ANGELL The Crazy State of Psychiatry
6
MIAH ARNOLD You Owe Me
29
GEOFFREY BENT Edward Hopper and the Geometry of Despair
43
ROBERT BOYERS A Beauty
52
DUDLEY CLENDINEN The Good Short Life
63
PAUL COLLINS Vanishing Act
67
MARK DOTY Insatiable
78
GARRET KEIZER Getting Schooled
176
DAVID J LAWLESS My FatherMy Husband
193
ALAN LIGHTMAN The Accidental Universe
207
SANDRA TSING LOH The Bitch Is Back
218
KEN MURRAY How Doctors Die
231
FRANCINE PROSE Other Women
236
RICHARD SENNETT Humanism
244
LAUREN SLATER Killing My Body to Save My Mind
255

MARK EDMUNDSON Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?
89
JOSEPH EPSTEIN Duh Boring
102
JONATHAN FRANZEN Farther Away
111
MALCOLM GLADWELL Creation Myth
139
PETER HESSLER Dr Don
154
EWA HRYNIEWICZYARBROUGH Objects of Affection
167
JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS Outlaw
262
WESLEY YANG Paper Tigers
274
Back Matter
297
Back Cover
311
Spine
312
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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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