Here you will find the finest essays ajudiciously selected from countless publicationsa (Chicago Tribune), ranging from The New Yorker and Harperas to Swink and Pinch. In his introduction to this yearas edition, Adam Gopnik finds that great essays have atext and inner text, personal story and larger point, the thing youare supposed to be paying attention to and some other thing youare really interested in.a David Sedarisas quirky, hilarious account of a childhood spent yearning for a home where history was properly respected is also a poignant rumination on surviving the passage of time. In aThe Ecstasy of Influence, a Jonathan Lethem ponders the intriguing phenomenon of cryptomnesia: a person believes herself to be creating something new but is really recalling similar, previously encountered work. Ariel Levy writes in aThe Lesbian Brideas Handbooka of her efforts to plan a party that accurately reflects her lifestyle (which she notes is anot black-tie!a) as she confronts head-on what it means to be married. And Lauren Slater is off to aTripp Lake, a recounting the one summer she spent at camp a a summer of color wars, horseback riding, and the awild sadnessa that settled in her when she was away from home. In the end, Gopnik believes that the only real ambition of an essayist is to be a master of our common life. This latest installment of The Best American Essays is full of writing that reveals, in Gopnikas words, athe breath of things as they are.aTheya#39;re recruiting local nurses for a highly compressed, three-week course in how to recognize specific problems in the elderly, such as depression, ... He had a gold 1998 Toyota Camry with automatic transmission and thirty-nine thousand miles on ... The risk of a fatal car crash with a driver whoa#39;s eighty-five or older is more than three times higher than it is with a driver between sixteen and twenty.
|Title||:||The Best American Essays 2008|
|Author||:||Adam Gopnik, Robert Atwan|
|Publisher||:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2008-10-08|