Historically the Dream originated in the mystique regarding frontier life. As the Governor of Virginia noted inthe Americans "for ever imagine the Lands further off are still better than those upon which they are already settled". He added that, "if they attained Paradise, they would move on if they heard of a better place farther west".
An essay collection that includes these writers — edited by Cheryl Strayed, no less — almost promises to be nothing less than stellar. And The Best American Essays delivers.
As in every anthology, some essays warranted more than one read, while others were skipped, and then read when the rest of the book was finished.
But as a whole, this collection is sharp, compelling, and diverse. It was a gentle reminder of the silent stories everyone carries around with them, and the connections we can make. The suicidal man shows Sampsell a picture of his daughter before he is taken to the hospital.
Months later, mired in his own blackness and suicidal fog, Sampsell reaches out to his son and decides to live. Here, the beauty and blood coexist, along with the pain and pleasure, the ambivalence and admiration. She struggles to explain life after loss. Birth and death weave throughout the book, creating a tapestry that links the essays together and makes the collection feel cohesive and complete.
Decades later, she explores memory and fact to see which, if any, prove to be true. This was the fourth essay listed, but the first one I read, having read her novel Zazen.
When I finished, I had to put the book down. It is almost unfair to put this essay alongside any others; her prose is electric and the story completely compelling.
I happily read it again, and I actually think I prefer her nonfiction to her short stories. Throughout each story is the need to be loved, the need for someone else to understand us — anyone, even for a moment.
Sometimes you find it. A pow and a wow. An ouch and a yes. A stop and a go…. I think the stories are best read out of order; read them in the order to which you feel drawn — the beauty of this particular collection is the fluidity of the pieces, and they will likely be read more than once, anyway.
This series consistently showcases what an exceptional essay should be, and the collection does not disappoint.THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS User Review - Kirkus.
Still under the general editorship of Robert Atwan and this year edited by Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, , etc.), the annual reprise of the venerable series takes a 4/5(1).
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