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The Best American Essays 2018
Contributor(s): Als, Hilton (Editor)

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ISBN: 0544817346     ISBN-13: 9780544817340
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: October 2018

Annotation: Edited by a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Guggenheim-honored author, this annual showcase presents the best essays from hundreds of magazines, journals and websites. Original. 30,000 first printing.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
American essays; 21st century.
BISAC Categories:
- Literary Collections | Essays
- Literary Collections | American
Dewey: 814/.608
LCCN: bl2018186916
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Best American Essays
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.30" H x 5.50" W x 0.80" (0.65 lbs) 297 pages
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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

In a personal and moving introduction to this thoughtful entry in the long-running series, Als (White Girls) writes of being attracted to essays that "have something unfinished about them," as they reflect an increasingly "broken world" where people fight to establish themselves as "I." In responding to the current political and social climate, his selections emphasize feelings of "otherness," empowerment, and disempowerment amidst a wide variety of experiences. The #MeToo movement receives its due in Edwidge Danticat's haunting memoir piece on sexual abuse, while Leslie Jamison gives a euphoric but complicated account of the 2017 post-inauguration Women's March in Washington, D.C., and Steven Harvey reflects on race and privilege in connection to the African-American celebrity with whom he shares a name. Less obvious kinds of difference and selfhood are also eloquently exposed: in David Wong Louie's account of how throat cancer has robbed him of the sensuality of food and altered his physical self as he loses the ability to swallow, and in high-wire artist Philippe Petit's rumination on fear and how to confront it. The works in this year's collection are a mix of the disconcerting, the probing, and the self-reflective, and well-suited to challenging times. (Oct.)

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