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The contemporary American essay / edited and with an introduction by Phillip Lopate.

Lopate, Phillip, 1943- (editor,, writer of introduction.). Als, Hilton. I am the happiness of this world. (Added Author). Baker, Nicholson. One summer. (Added Author). Beller, Thomas. Portrait of the bagel as a young man. (Added Author). Birkerts, Sven. Brave face. (Added Author). Biss, Eula. On immunity. (Added Author). Cappello, Mary. Tactless. (Added Author). Carson, Anne, 1950- Decreation. (Added Author). Castle, Terry. Home alone. (Added Author). Chee, Alexander. Girl. (Added Author). Cole, Teju. Black body. (Added Author).


"The first decades of the twenty-first century have witnessed a blossoming of creative nonfiction. In this extraordinary collection, Phillip Lopate gathers essays by forty-seven of America's best contemporary writers, mingling long-established eminences with newer voices and making room for a wide variety of perspectives and styles. The Contemporary American Essay is a monument to a remarkably adaptable form and a treat for anyone who loves fantastic writing"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780525567325
  • ISBN: 0525567321
  • Physical Description: xviii, 615 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]

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Formatted Contents Note:
I am the happiness of this world / Hilton Als -- One summer / Nicholson Baker -- Portrait of the bagel as a young man / Thomas Beller -- Brave face / Sven Birkerts -- Excerpt from "On immunity" / Eula Biss -- Tactless / Mary Cappello -- Decreation : how women like Sappho, Marguerite Porete and Simone Weil tell God / Anne Carson -- Home alone / Terry Castle -- Girl / Alexander Chee -- Black body / Teju Cole -- Greedy sleep / Bernard Cooper -- The doctor is a woman / Sloane Crosley -- Loitering / Charles D'Ambrosio -- Matricide / Meghan Daum -- Joyas Voladoras / Brian Doyle -- Otherwise known as the human condition (with particular reference to doughnut plant doughnuts) / Geoff Dyer -- CID-LAX-BOG / Lina Ferreira -- Doing no harm : some thoughts on reading and writing in the age of umbrage / Lynn Freed -- The case of the angry daughter / Rivka Galchen -- Scat / Ross Gay -- On revenge / Louise Gl├╝ck -- Faculty wife / Emily Fox Gordon -- Other people's secrets / Patricia Hampl -- The aquarium / Aleksandar Hemon -- The terror of love / Samantha Irby -- The empathy exams / Leslie Jamison -- Negroland / Margo Jefferson -- Domestic gulags / Laura Kipnis -- Ann; death and the maiden / David Lazar -- Dear friend, from my life I write to you in your life / Yiyun Li -- Experience necessary / Phillip Lopate -- The invitation / Barry Lopez -- Bodies in motion and at rest / Thomas Lynch -- Draft no. 4 / John McPhee -- Failure : a meditation, another iteration (with interruptions) / Ander Monson -- Live through that?! / Eileen Myles -- Excerpt from The argonauts / Maggie Nelson -- Homeschool / Meghan O'Gieblyn -- A visit to San Quentin / Joyce Carol Oates -- Busted in New York / Darryl Pinckney -- Against "gunmetal" / Lia Purpura -- Beeper world / Karen Russell -- This old house / David Sedaris -- Differences : sex, separateness & marriage / Shifra Sharlin -- Information sickness / David Shields -- Gray area : thinking with a damaged brain / Floyd Skloot -- Cassandra among the creeps / Rebecca Solnit -- Eric Garner and me / Clifford Thompson -- We out here / Wesley Yang.
Subject: American essays.
American essays > 21st century.
American essays.
Genre: Essays.

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