Best American Essays 2013 Cheryl Strayed

Whether it's this year's editor or the times, it seems more, not less, and first-person singular is the prevailing mode.

Don't look here for classical essays about the state of civilization or self-effacing reportage or unencumbered humor--no shades of E. White, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Jay Gould, Joseph Epstein or John Mc Phee.

Cheryl Strayed reminds us in every line that if defeat and despair are part of human experience, so are kindness, patience, and transcendence." George Saunders "Cheryl Strayed is a courageous, gritty, and deceptively elegant writer."Pam Houston"Cheryl Strayed needed to be alone in the vast American outdoors, but she also needed to tell us about it.

The film adaptation of her book — itself already a classic of wilderness writing and modern feminism — provides another reason to be grateful that she did." A. Scott, New York Times"Strayed gives the impression of tapping raw emotion while at the same time exerting tremendous authorial control.

Whether it’s this year’s editor or the times, it seems more, not less, and first-person singular is the prevailing mode.

Don’t look here for classical essays about the state of civilization or self-effacing reportage or unencumbered humor—no shades of E. White, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Jay Gould, Joseph Epstein or John Mc Phee.

This book is as loose and sexy and dark as an early Lucinda Williams song.

It’s got a punk spirit and makes an earthy and American sound." Dwight Garner, New York Times."Big-hearted, keen-eyed, lyrical, precise...

I heard about this series via the Book Riot podcast (which is very great, I encourage everyone to give it a ...

Still under the general editorship of Robert Atwan and this year edited by Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, 2012, etc.), the annual reprise of the venerable series takes a ...

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