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The Empathy Exams: Essays
The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison
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From personal loss to phantom diseases, a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamisons... (read more)

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Loitering: New and Collected Essays
Loitering: New and Collected Essays
by Charles D'Ambrosio
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"D'Ambrosio hasn't published anything less than brilliant, but Loitering is remarkable even by his standards." Portland... (read more)

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading (Best American Nonrequired Reading)
The Best American Nonrequired Reading (Best American Nonrequired Reading)
by Dave Eggers
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The Best American Series® First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of... (read more)

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The Best American Short Stories 2011
The Best American Short Stories 2011
by Geraldine Brooks
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In her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2011, Geraldine Brooks draws the comparison between a well-told joke and a good short story. She writes, “Each form relies on suggestion and economy. Characters have to be drawn in a few deft... (read more)

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Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
by Joan Didion
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Joan Didion's lucid, canny prose style is painstakingly situated around the art of the sentence. Slouching towards Bethlehem, her first collection of nonfiction, serves as a prime example of exactly how well she can wield one. Each of these essays... (read more)

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 (Best American)
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 (Best American)
by Dave Eggers
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Dave Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan writing labs compile fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, as well as category-defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection.... (read more)

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White Girls
White Girls
by Hilton Als
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“I read Als not only because he is utterly extraordinary, which he is, but for the reason one is often drawn to the best writers — because one has a sense that one's life might depend on them. White Girls is a book, a dream, an enemy, a friend,... (read more)

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Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
by David Foster Wallace
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David Foster Wallace is arguably the most accessible, intelligent, versatile writer working today. Never mind just now his novels and stories, or his "compact history" of infinity. In Consider the Lobster, he insinuates himself among actors, actresses... (read more)

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When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays
When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays
by Marilynne Robinson
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A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice A New York Times Bestseller A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year An Economist Best Book of the Year Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Gilead Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as not only a... (read more)

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The Best American Essays 2013 (Best American)
The Best American Essays 2013 (Best American)
by Cheryl Strayed and Robert Atwan
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Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column “Dear Sugar,” this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought... (read more)

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The Best American Short Stories 2013 (Best American)
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (Best American)
by Elizabeth Strout
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“As our vision becomes more global, our storytelling is stretching in many ways. Stories increasingly change point of view, switch location, and sometimes pack as much material as a short novel might,” writes guest editor Elizabeth Strout... (read more)

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Best New American Voices (Best New American Voices)
Best New American Voices (Best New American Voices)
by Mary Gaitskill
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Critically acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Mary Gaitskill continues the tradition of identifying the best young writers on the cusp of their careers in this years volume of Best New American Voices. Here are stories culled from hundreds of... (read more)

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This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
by David Malki
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"This sequel to Machine of Death presents more tales and comics about the infallible contraption that tells you how you will die, but not when or where. The predictions are often cryptic — 'old age' could mean getting gunned down by an angry senior... (read more)

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Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
by Zadie Smith
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"[These essays] reflect a lively, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open mind that's busy refining its view of life, literature, and a great deal in between." -Los Angeles Times Split into five sections-Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling... (read more)

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Arguably: Essays
Arguably: Essays
by Christopher Hitchens
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"All first-rate criticism first defines what we are confronting," the late, great jazz critic Whitney Balliett once wrote. By that measure, the essays of Christopher Hitchens are in the first tier. For nearly four decades, Hitchens has been telling us... (read more)

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How to Be Alone: Essays
How to Be Alone: Essays
by Jonathan Franzen
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From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a collection of essays that reveal him to be one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics While the essays in this collection range in subject matter from the sex... (read more)

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The Braindead Megaphone
The Braindead Megaphone
by George Saunders
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Braindead Megaphone is a wonderful collection of essays, containing everything from an exploration of the insane cultural edifice that is modern-day Dubai to a condemnation of the infuriating state of contemporary media (and the consequently dumbed-down... (read more)

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The Best American Short Stories 2012
The Best American Short Stories 2012
by Tom Perrotta
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The Best American Series® First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines... (read more)

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The Book of My Lives
The Book of My Lives
by Aleksandar Hemon
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A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Aleksandar Hemons lives begin in Sarajevo, where boyhood is consumed by street soccer and sibling rivalry, and a young mans life is about American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. At... (read more)

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Pulphead: Essays
Pulphead: Essays
by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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I love collections of essays. I almost always have one (or two or three) in a pile on my bedside table. But not since I first read A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace have I loved a book of essays as much as I loved... (read more)

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