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More and more readers turn to The Best American Magazine Writing for their fix of the year's most brilliant essays and fiction. Chosen from among the winners and finalists of the 2009 National Magazine Awards, current selections include a short story by the novelist everyone is talking about& mdash;Roberto BolaAo; Selena Roberts's eccentric miniatures of the sports world; Jonathan Chait's critical encounters with political maneuvering during the 2008 presidential elections; Hendrik Hertzberg's equally trenchant inquiry into the tricks of political theater; and Naomi Klein's provocative confrontation with the unspeakable subjects of race and class.
The Best American Magazine Writing 2009 maintains its mix of reviews, features, profiles, and reporting. The always-engaging critic James Wood tackles the words of Richard Price, the multiple personalities of V. S. Naipaul, and the likeable unlikeables of Marianne Robinson's captivating novels. Hanna Rosin shares the unforgettable story of a transgendered child struggling to be normal in rural America. Tom Junod follows Steve Jobs as he loses his hold on the Apple empire. Dexter Filkins's deeply embedded reporting reveals that al-Qaeda and the Taliban are anything but dead in Afghanistan, and Patricia Marx's portrait of a frantic, frenetic Shanghai captures the thrilling terror of a city for sale. A uniquely styled detox regimen from popular physician Mehmet Oz and a devastating personal essay by Roger Rosenblatt on the death of his young daughter add to the diversity of this unparalleled collection. Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail, contributes a not-to-be-missed introduction.
Chosen from among the winners and finalists of the 2009 National Magazine Awards, this collection features a mixture of reviews, profiles, and reporting that caught both readers' and critics' attention.
More and more readers turn to The Best American Magazine Writing for their annual fix of the year's most captivating essays, columns, reporting, and criticism. Chosen from the winners and finalists of the 2009 National Magazine Awards, this year's selections include the haunting story by Chris Jones ( Esquire) of an American soldier's final journey home; James Wood's brilliant critique of the award-winning novelist Marianne Robinson ( The New Yorker); a compelling column by Naomi Klein ( The Nation) on the return of class consciousness in America; two biting reviews of recent books on feminism by Sandra Tsing Loh ( The Atlantic); and a moving and insightful account by David Lipsky ( Rolling Stone) of David Foster Wallace in his final days.
Also featured are a fascinating report by Ryan Lizza ( The New Yorker) on the political making of Barack Obama; an unforgettable profile by Hanna Rosin ( The Atlantic) of a transgendered child struggling to be normal in rural America; absorbing reflections by Tom Chiarella ( Esquire) on apprenticing as a butcher in an Indianapolis meat market; and an unusual look by Sean Flynn ( GQ) at the legacy of the late singer and unstoppable personality, James Brown. Chris Anderson, popular commentator and author of the best-selling book The Long Tail adds his own, not-to-be-missed introduction. Take a break from the screen and dive in, he writes. I think you'll emerge, many pages later, no longer worrying about the future of print.
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