This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 19, Becky rated it it was amazing. I took me almost one year to just finish this book, because this was not easy reading and I needed time to digest each essay. I have to say this is an excellent book - almost all essays were excellent and offered me some kind of knowledge. Some of them were filled with emotions and autobiographical notes that tasted like some intense short films. The following essays are my favorite from the collection: 'Lavender' Andre Aciman - this could be due to primacy effects, but this is the BEST essay of the book.
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Nothing much happened, yet I did not want this essay to end. Very well-written and appealing. This essay read like a dream, and when it ended, I wanted to do nothing but just sit at the school lawn and stare at the sky for some time. And that was enough reading for the whole day. I am going through this phase too, and this made me feel a bit less disappointed in myself.
I read this essay during my vacation, and it gave me back such feeling. I won't touch on Cheryl Strayed's essay because I believe it formed the first part of her book 'Wild' which I already read and gave it 4 stars.
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Sep 21, Kati rated it really liked it. When I started reading this book, I experienced it as a reminder of why I love reading, and writing and talking and thinking about reading and writing. I felt like I was connecting to something important about myself of which I had lost the thread.
Not every essay struck me personally, but I adored the ones by Andre Aciman and Jane Kramer and found several others quite well done as well. View 1 comment. May 27, Jamie rated it really liked it.
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It's really funny looking at the change in essay styles from the mid's to the early 21st century. Basically people dropped a lot of the word-dropping and pretentious bullshit, and started writing funnier, more accessible stuff. I really the like the edition, both for the Anne Fadiman's selection of essays and her excellent introduction, where she talks about how she wanted to bust the series out of it's heavy use of essays from the New Yorker and Granta, then found that when it came down It's really funny looking at the change in essay styles from the mid's to the early 21st century.
I really the like the edition, both for the Anne Fadiman's selection of essays and her excellent introduction, where she talks about how she wanted to bust the series out of it's heavy use of essays from the New Yorker and Granta, then found that when it came down to her final selection she realized that even though there were lots of truly excellent essays from other publications she realized that the ones that stood out had been the best edited pieces, with the fat trimmed and the sentences tightened. Which meant that she ended up choosing a lot of New Yorker stuff.
Oh the irony.
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I like the pine green cover of this one too. Better than that ugly powder blue they chose for the next year Jun 25, Kyle Minor rated it it was amazing. I like this edition of Best American Essays because Anne Fadiman used her editorship to champion the expansive, muscular personal essay. Best American Essays is one of the only places generally interested readers of the personal essay can reliably discover new essays -- and new writers -- each year, but in recent years, guest editors David Foster Wallace, David Brooks, Mary Oliver, Christopher Hitchens, etc.
Mean I like this edition of Best American Essays because Anne Fadiman used her editorship to champion the expansive, muscular personal essay.
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Aug 06, Joan rated it it was amazing. There are times when writing seems like magic--you're lifted out of yourself into somewhere that shows you the world in a new way. So many of the essays in this book leave me breathless. The first two show how much can be explored through a single image okay, experience over time. Scarry's essay got me thinking about national def There are times when writing seems like magic--you're lifted out of yourself into somewhere that shows you the world in a new way.
Scarry's essay got me thinking about national defense in a way I'd never considered before. Any anthology will contain things you love and things you don't like quite so much; this one leans much more toward the first for me.
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Aug 18, N rated it really liked it. This BAE is quite good. Among its strengths: 10 of the 24 essays are read-agains. Cheryl Strayed's BAE also has a respectable showing of women, suggesting yet again that, shockingly, female editors tend to give less of an edge to male writers than do male editors. My two favorite essays from this collection are Atul Gawande's "The Learning Curve," which I might use when I teach my next research writing class, and Francis Spufford's "The Habit," a standout piece about reading and an admirable example of fine conclusions.
May 20, Anna added it. I've never read essays before, but it was recommended I read Atul Gawande's "The Learning Curve," which is all about the "practice" of medicine. I found it uncomfortably true to life, but very interesting. Now I'm plowing through the rest of the essays, which so far have covered buying a bed, the search for the perfect lavender, and Martha Stewart. Apr 18, Hamuel Sunter rated it really liked it.
This was the only result of a search for "Susan Sontag" in the Sapporo library database. Oct 14, Wendy rated it it was amazing Shelves: anthologies , essay. Anne Fadiman is a brilliant editor. This volume is one of best in this series -- that is to say, the best of the best.
Jan 17, Avis Black rated it did not like it Shelves: essays. Fadiman's taste in essays is very dull. Oct 06, Emily rated it really liked it. I love reading essays, but hadn't done so for years until I picked up this book at a book sale. Some of the essays were phenomenal. It makes me want to subscribe to The New Yorker.
Apr 16, Stephanie added it Shelves: , from-library , gave-up , pre I feel like a failure saying this, but these essays - other than Anne Fadiman's introductory essay about choosing essays - didn't work for me at all. Maybe I will try again another time. Jun 04, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. Do you work in the book industry? Which of the following best describes you? Literary Agent. Publicist or Marketing Professional. Film Industry Professional. Other Book Industry Professional. Email address:. Please provide an email address. Categories of Interest: Select All.
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