The Best American Essays 2012

The Best American Essays 2012


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ISBN-13: 9780547840093
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Best American Essays Series
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 1,265,853
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.

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 More than 1 year ago
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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