Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014

Daniel H. Wilson: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Daniel H. Wilson



Like many writers, I'm constantly haunting coffee shops with a laptop out and my headphones on. I listen to a lot of music while I write, and songs... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$7.50
List price: $14.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Anthologies- Prize Winning Literature
4 Hawthorne Anthologies- Prize Winning Literature

The Best American Essays 2011 (Best American Essays)

by

The Best American Essays 2011 (Best American Essays) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Here you will find the finest essays “judiciously selected from countless publications” (Chicago Tribune), ranging from The New Yorker and Harpers to Swink and Pinch. In his introduction to this years edition, Adam Gopnik finds that great essays have “text and inner text, personal story and larger point, the thing youre supposed to be paying attention to and some other thing youre really interested in.” David Sedariss 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 “The Ecstasy of Influence,” 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 “The Lesbian Brides Handbook” of her efforts to plan a party that accurately reflects her lifestyle (which she notes is “not black-tie!”) as she confronts head-on what it means to be married. And Lauren Slater is off to “Tripp Lake,” recounting the one summer she spent at camp—a summer of color wars, horseback riding, and the “wild sadness” 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 Gopniks words, “the breath of things as they are.”

Synopsis:

A collection of the years's best essays, as published in periodicals.

Synopsis:

The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites . A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Essays 2011 includes

Hilton Als, Katy Butler, Toi Derricotte, Christopher Hitchens,

Pico Iyer, Charlie LeDuff, Chang-Rae Lee, Lia Purpura, Zadie Smith,

Reshma Memon Yaqub, and others

Synopsis:

The provocative and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens takes the helm of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this perennial favorite that is “reliable and yet still surprising—the best of the best” (Kirkus Reviews).

About the Author

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous critically accalimed books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, and Brother, I'm Dying, winner of an NBCC award in Autobiography. 
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.

Table of Contents

The twenty-two essays in this powerful collection — perhaps the most diverse in the entire series — come from a wide variety of periodicals, ranging from n + 1 and PMS to the New Republic and The New Yorker, and showcase a remarkable range of forms. Read on for narrative — in first and third person — opinion, memoir, argument, the essay-review, confession, reportage, even a dispatch from Iraq. The philosopher Peter Singer makes a case for philanthropy; the poet Molly Peacock constructs a mosaic tribute to a little-known but remarkable eighteenth-century woman artist; the novelist Marilynne Robinson explores what has happened to holiness in contemporary Christianity; the essayist Richard Rodriguez wonders if California has anything left to say to America; and the Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson attempts to find common ground with the evangelical community.

In his introduction, David Foster Wallace makes the spirited case that “many of these essays are valuable simply as exhibits of what a first-rate artistic mind can make of particular fact-sets — whether these involve the 17-kHz ring tones of some kids cell phones, the language of movement as parsed by dogs, the near-infinity of ways to experience and describe an earthquake, the existential synecdoche of stagefright, or the revelation that most of what youve believed and revered turns out to be self-indulgent crap.”

Foreword by Robert Atwan viii Introduction: Deciderization 2007 — a Special Report, by David Foster Wallace xii

Jo Ann Beard. Werner 1 from Tin House

Ian Buruma. The Freedom to Offend 22 from The New Republic

Mark Danner. Iraq: The War of the Imagination 28 from The New York Review of Books

W. S. di Piero. Fatheads Hard Times 62 from The Threepenny Review

George Gessert. An Orgy of Power 72 from Northwest Review

Malcolm Gladwell. What the Dog Saw 86 from The New Yorker

Mark Greif. Afternoon of the Sex Children 103 from n + 1

Marione Ingram. Operation Gomorrah 123 from Granta

Garret Keizer. Loaded 137 from Harpers Magazine

John Lahr. Petrified 144 from The New Yorker

Louis Menand. Name That Tone 155 from The New Yorker

Daniel Orozco. Shakers 158 from StoryQuarterly

Cynthia Ozick. Out from Xanadu 170 from The New York Times Book Review

Molly Peacock. Passion Flowers in Winter 174 from PMS

Phillip Robertson. In the Mosque of Imam Ali 190 from TriQuarterly

Marilynne Robinson. Onward, Christian Liberals 210 from The American Scholar

Richard Rodriguez. Disappointment 221 from California

Elaine Scarry. Rules of Engagement 234 from Boston Review

Roger Scruton. A Carnivores Credo 259 from Harpers Magazine

Peter Singer. What Should a Billionaire Give — and What Should You? 266 from The New York Times Magazine

Jerald Walker. Dragon Slayers 281 from The Iowa Review

Edward O. Wilson. Apocalypse Now 288 from The New Republic

Contributors Notes 295 Notable Essays of 2006 300

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547479774
Author:
Danticat, Edwidge
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Oliver, Mary
Author:
Atwan, Robert
Author:
Hitchens, Christopher
Author:
Gopnik, Adam
Author:
Wallace, David Foster
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The Best American Series (R)
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

Other books you might like

  1. The Best American Short Stories 2011 Used Trade Paper $6.50
  2. One Day the Wind Changed: Stories Used Hardcover $7.50
  3. The Return New Trade Paper $14.95
  4. Maps To Anywhere Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects


Featured Titles » Bestsellers
Featured Titles » Culture
Featured Titles » General
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Annuals
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » General
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Prize Winning Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Best American Essays 2011 (Best American Essays) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.50 In Stock
Product details 272 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547479774 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,

A collection of the years's best essays, as published in periodicals.

"Synopsis" by , The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites . A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Essays 2011 includes

Hilton Als, Katy Butler, Toi Derricotte, Christopher Hitchens,

Pico Iyer, Charlie LeDuff, Chang-Rae Lee, Lia Purpura, Zadie Smith,

Reshma Memon Yaqub, and others

"Synopsis" by ,

The provocative and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens takes the helm of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this perennial favorite that is “reliable and yet still surprising—the best of the best” (Kirkus Reviews).

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.