The Best American Essays 2008

The Best American Essays 2008

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Here you will find the finest essays a€œjudiciously selected from countless publicationsa€ (Chicago Tribune), ranging from The New Yorker and Harpera€™s to Swink and Pinch. In his introduction to this yeara€™s edition, Adam Gopnik finds that great essays have a€œtext and inner text, personal story and larger point, the thing youa€™re supposed to be paying attention to and some other thing youa€™re really interested in.a€ David Sedarisa€™s quirky, hilarious account of a childhood spent yearning for a home where history was properly respected is also a poignant rumination on surviving the passage of time. In a€œThe Ecstasy of Influence, a€ Jonathan Lethem ponders the intriguing phenomenon of cryptomnesia: a person believes herself to be creating something new but is really recalling similar, previously encountered work. Ariel Levy writes in a€œThe Lesbian Bridea€™s Handbooka€ of her efforts to plan a party that accurately reflects her lifestyle (which she notes is a€œnot black-tie!a€) as she confronts head-on what it means to be married. And Lauren Slater is off to a€œTripp Lake, a€ recounting the one summer she spent at camp a€” a summer of color wars, horseback riding, and the a€œwild sadnessa€ that settled in her when she was away from home. In the end, Gopnik believes that the only real ambition of an essayist is to be a master of our common life. This latest installment of The Best American Essays is full of writing that reveals, in Gopnika€™s words, a€œthe breath of things as they are.a€Theya#39;re recruiting local nurses for a highly compressed, three-week course in how to recognize specific problems in the elderly, such as ... He had a gold 1998 Toyota Camry with automatic transmission and thirty-nine thousand miles onanbsp;...

Title:The Best American Essays 2008
Author:Adam Gopnik, Robert Atwan
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2008-10-08


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