The Best American Essays 2012 [NOOK Book]

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Overview

The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Essays 2012 includes

Marcia Angell, Miah Arnold, Mark Doty, Joseph Epstein, Jonathan Franzen,
Malcolm Gladwell, Francine Prose, Lauren Slater,
Sandra Tsing Loh, Jose Antonio Vargas, and others

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Editorial Reviews

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New York Times columnist and PBS fixture David Brooks serves as the guest editor of this year's Best American Essays series entry. The line-up of talent he has gathered is impressive: The contributor's list includes Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell, Lauren Slater, Mark Doty, Francine Prose, Sandra Tsing Loh, Miah Arnold, Joseph Epstein, and Jose Antonio Vargas. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original.

Publishers Weekly
A creature from an alternative universe arriving in the United States in 2012 wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology, now in its 27th year. The 24 selected by New York Times columnist Brooks arrive after publication in a wide range of journals and magazines. Highlights include Lauren Slater’s “Killing My Body to Save My Mind,” a brave and disquieting discussion about the extreme side-effects of various psychopharmaceuticals on her body. The volume’s range of styles include the sharp and coolly intellectual (Alan Lightman’s “The Accidental Universe”) and the acutely personal (David J. Lawless’s “My Father/My Husband.” From Wesley Yang’s fascinating exploration of racial identity, “Paper Tigers,” to Francine Prose’s critical reminiscence of her experience during the emergence of second wave feminism in the 1970s, “Other Women,” there is not a dud in the bunch. As Mark Edmunson writes in one of the two essays about the plight of education, “Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?”: “In reading, I continue to look for one thing—to be influenced, to learn something new, to be thrown off my course and onto another, better way.” This year’s exhilarating collection is just that reading experience. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547840543
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Best American Essays Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 289,861
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author

David Brooks
ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction David Brooks xvii

The Foul Reign of "Self-Reliance": from The New York Times Magazine Benjamin Anastas 1

The Crazy State of Psychiatry: from The New York Review of Books Marcia Angell 6

You Owe Me: from Michigan Quarterly Review Miah Arnold 29

Edward Hopper and the Geometry of Despair: from Boulevard Geoffrey Bent 43

A Beauty: from AGNI Robert Boyers 52

The Good Short Life: from The New York Times Sunday Review Dudley Clendinen 63

Vanishing Act: from Lapham's Quarterly Paul Collins 67

Insatiable: from Granta Mark Doty 78

Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?: from The Oxford American Mark Edmundson 89

Duh, Bor-ing: from Commentary Joseph Epstein 102

Farther Away: from The New Yorker Jonathan Franzen 111

Creation Myth: from The New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell 139

Dr. Don: from The New Yorker Peter Hessler 154

Objects of Affection: from Ploughshares Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough 167

Getting Schooled: from Harper's Magazine Garret Keizer 176

Lawless. My Father/My Husband: from Prism David J 193

The Accidental Universe: from Harper's Magazine Alan Lightman 207

The Bitch Is Back: from The Atlantic Sandra Tsing Loh 218

How Doctors Die: from Zocalo Public Square Ken Murray 231

Other Women: from Granta Francine Prose 236

Humanism: from The Hedgehog Review Richard Sennett 244

Killing My Body to Save My Mind: from Elle Lauren Slater 255

Outlaw: from The New York Times Magazine Jose Antonio Vargas 262

Paper Tigers: from New York Magazine Wesley Yang 274

Contributors' Notes 297

Notable Essays of 2011 302

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Very Good Read

    I bought for a class but I do like it. It is a great book for English majors but not so much for the average king of reader but really a non-reader. Some of these essay are extremely over done but a majority of them are amazing. Yes they are long but if you can just stick with until its done you will be very happy you read it.

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