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The Best American Essays (Best American Essays) 2006

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Publisher Comments:

Edited by the bestselling writer Lauren Slater, this year's "Best American Essays" highlights provocative, lively writing from many of our brightest literary lights. Contributors include Adam Gopnik, Scott Turow, Marjorie Williams, Poe Ballantine, and others.

Synopsis:

"The essays in this volume are powerful, plainspoken meditations on birthing, dying, and all the business in between," writes Lauren Slater in her introduction to the 2006 edition. "They reflect the best of what we, as a singular species, have to offer, which is reflection in a context of kindness. The essays tell hard-won tales wrestled sometimes from great pain."

The twenty powerful essays in this volume are culled from periodicals ranging from The Sun to The New Yorker, from Crab Orchard Review to Vanity Fair. In "Missing Bellow," Scott Turow reflects on the death of an author he never met, but one who "overpowered me in a way no other writer had." Adam Gopnik confronts a different kind of death, that of his five-year-old daughter's pet fish — a demise that churns up nothing less than "the problem of consciousness and the plotline of Hitchock's Vertigo."

A pet is center stage as well in Susan Orlean's witty and compassionate saga of a successful hunt for a stolen border collie. Poe Ballantine chronicles a raw-nerved pilgrimage in search of salvation, solace, and a pretty brunette, and Laurie Abraham, in "Kinsey and Me," journeys after the man who dared to plumb the mysteries of human desire. Marjorie Williams gives a harrowing yet luminous account of her life with cancer, and Michele Morano muses on the grammar of the subjunctive mood while proving that "in language, as in life, moods are complicated, but at least in language there are only two."

About the Author

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

Foreword by Robert Atwan ix Introduction by Lauren Slater xv

Laurie Abraham. Kinsey and Me 1 from Elle

Poe Ballantine. 501 Minutes to Christ 11 from The Sun

Emily Bernard. Teaching the N-Word 25 from The American Scholar

Ken Chen. City Out of Breath 43 from MÁnoa

Toi Derricotte. Beginning Dialogues 48 from Creative Nonfiction

Joseph Epstein. The Culture of Celebrity 54 from The Weekly Standard

Eugene Goodheart. Whistling in the Dark 70 from The Sewanee Review

Adam Gopnik. Death of a Fish 85 from The New Yorker

Kim Dana Kupperman. Relief 96 from Hotel Amerika

Michele Morano. Grammar Lessons: The Subjunctive Mood 107 from Crab Orchard Review

Susan Orlean. Lost Dog 122 from The New Yorker

Sam Pickering. George 133 from Southwest Review

Robert Polito. Shame 153 from Black Clock

David Rieff. Illness as More Than Metaphor 159 from The New York Times Magazine

Oliver Sacks. Recalled to Life 172 from The New Yorker

Peter Selgin. Confessions of a Left-Handed Man 185 from The Literary Review

Alan Shapiro. Why Write? 197 from The Cincinnati Review

Lily Tuck. Group Grief 208 from The Hudson Review

Scott Turow. Missing Bellow 225 from The Atlantic Monthly

Marjorie Williams. A Matter of Life and Death 238 from Vanity Fair

Biographical Notes 265 Notable Essays of 2005 270

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618705290
Author:
Slater, Lauren
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Editor:
Atwan, Robert
Editor:
Slater, Lauren; Atwan, Robert
Editor:
Slater, Lauren
Author:
Atwan, Robert
Author:
Slater, Lauren
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
American essays - 21st century
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Essays
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.20x5.52x.84 in. .66 lbs.

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"The essays in this volume are powerful, plainspoken meditations on birthing, dying, and all the business in between," writes Lauren Slater in her introduction to the 2006 edition. "They reflect the best of what we, as a singular species, have to offer, which is reflection in a context of kindness. The essays tell hard-won tales wrestled sometimes from great pain."

The twenty powerful essays in this volume are culled from periodicals ranging from The Sun to The New Yorker, from Crab Orchard Review to Vanity Fair. In "Missing Bellow," Scott Turow reflects on the death of an author he never met, but one who "overpowered me in a way no other writer had." Adam Gopnik confronts a different kind of death, that of his five-year-old daughter's pet fish — a demise that churns up nothing less than "the problem of consciousness and the plotline of Hitchock's Vertigo."

A pet is center stage as well in Susan Orlean's witty and compassionate saga of a successful hunt for a stolen border collie. Poe Ballantine chronicles a raw-nerved pilgrimage in search of salvation, solace, and a pretty brunette, and Laurie Abraham, in "Kinsey and Me," journeys after the man who dared to plumb the mysteries of human desire. Marjorie Williams gives a harrowing yet luminous account of her life with cancer, and Michele Morano muses on the grammar of the subjunctive mood while proving that "in language, as in life, moods are complicated, but at least in language there are only two."

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