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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays #ad - With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays in Make It Scream, Make It Burn explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession. Among jamison's subjects are 52 blue, deemed "the loneliest whale in the world"; the eerie past-life memories of children; the devoted citizens of an online world called Second Life; the haunted landscape of the Sri Lankan Civil War; and an entire museum dedicated to the relics of broken relationships.
Jamison follows these examinations to more personal reckonings -- with elusive men and ruptured romances, with marriage and maternity -- in essays about eloping in Las Vegas, becoming a stepmother, and giving birth. Often compared to joan didion and susan sontag, and widely considered one of the defining voices of her generation, Jamison interrogates her own life with the same nuance and rigor she brings to her subjects.
. The result is a provocative reminder of the joy and sustenance that can be found in the unlikeliest of circumstances.
The Empathy Exams: EssaysGraywolf Press #ad - She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.
From personal loss to phantom diseases, distorted, the empathy exams is a bold and brilliant collection, or performed? is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction PrizeA Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, her own and others'—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its AftermathLittle, Brown and Company #ad - With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. From the new york times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams comes this transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction.
At the heart of the book is jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Raymond Carver, Jean Rhys, and David Foster Wallace, Billie Holiday, Denis Johnson, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here.
Leslie jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction -- both her own and others' -- and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill.
With enormous empathy and wisdom, jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come. Through its unvarnished relation of jamison's own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, "broken spigots of need.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath #ad - It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience-the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are. For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new.
In the Dream House: A MemoirGraywolf Press #ad - A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other PartiesIn the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.
Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope—the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles.
In the Dream House: A Memoir #ad - . The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.
Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, and Disney villains, Star Trek, fairy tales, as well as iconic works of film and fiction.
The Gin Closet: A NovelFree Press #ad - One day, after tilly has spent nearly thirty years without a family, drinking herself to the brink of death, her niece Stella—who has been leading her own life of empty promise in New York City—arrives on the doorstep of Tilly’s desert trailer. The gin closet unravels the strange and powerful intimacy that forms between them.
With an uncanny ear for dialogue and a witty, and power, the life we’re given is all we have: the cruelties that unhinge us, love, unflinching candor about sex, the addictions that deform us, Leslie Jamison reminds us that no matter how unexpected its turns, the beauties that clarify us, those fleeting possibilities of grace that fade as quickly as they come.
The Gin Closet: A Novel #ad - The gin closet marks the debut of a stunning new talent in fiction. From the author of the new york times bestselling essay collection The Empathy Exams and the memoir The Recovering, Leslie Jamison’s “exquisitely beautiful” San Francisco Chronicle novel about three generations of women and the inescapable brutality of love.
As a young woman, tilly flees home for the hollow underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits.
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-DelusionRandom House #ad - This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. Trick mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. New york times bestseller • “from the new yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.
Esquire “A whip-smart, challenging book. Zadie smith • “jia tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time. Vulturefinalist for the national book critics circle’s john leonard prize for best first book • named one of the ten best books of the year by the new york public library and harvard crimson and one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review • time • chicago tribune • the washington post • npr • variety • esquire • vox • elle • glamour • gq • good housekeeping • The Paris Review • Paste • Town & Country • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • BookRiot • Shelf Awareness Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, contradictions, tackling the conflicts, and sea changes that define us and our time.
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion #ad - Now, wit and fearlessness, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity. In each essay, which insists that everything, including our bodies, tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die.
Gleaming with tolentino’s sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet. Finalist for the pen/diamonstein-spielvogel award for the art of the essay.
A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by ApplauseSarabande Books #ad - Her writing has appeared in the new inquiry, the white review, The Iowa Review, The Seneca Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis Faber and Faber, 2015. Over time, paintings, wives, the text accumulates objects: dolls, children, icons, cities, and performances.
. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship. It's marceau in his signature hat, painted face, black clothes, and ballet slippers. By turns whimsical and melancholic, vivid scenes, interview clips, this spare volume takes shape through capsule histories, and archival research.
A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause #ad - Shawn wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Like pulling a ghost from a dark room, this is an accomplished work of historical portraiture: precise in its objects, complex in its melancholy, and insightful in its humor. Thalia fieldpart biographic inquiry, part lyric portraiture, radio producer Shawn Wen reanimates world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau's silent art.
The book opens in darkness, a single figure standing in the spotlight. Her radio work broadcasts regularly on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace.
Coventry: EssaysFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Lawrence, françoise Sagan, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Npr's favorite books of 2019rachel cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction with the Outline Trilogy, Faye, three “literary masterpieces” The Washington Post whose narrator, perceives the world with a glinting, unsparing intelligence while remaining opaque to the reader.
There’s a funny phrase for this phenomenon in england: it’s called being sent to Coventry”, this collection is pure Cusk and essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, and dazzling to behold. Now, social, she gathers a selection of her nonfiction writings that both offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her fiction and forges a startling critical voice on some of our most urgent personal, in Coventry, and artistic questions.
Coventry: Essays #ad - Coventry encompasses memoir, gender, and writing about literature, with pieces on family life, cultural criticism, and politics, and on D. Named for an essay cusk published in Granta “Every so often, for offences actual or hypothetical, my mother and father stop speaking to me. Lauded for the precision of her prose and the quality of her insight, Cusk is a writer of uncommon brilliance.
Essays OneFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - On display is the development and range of one of the sharpest, most capacious minds writing today. Jonathan franzen has called her “a magician of self-consciousness, ” while Rick Moody hails her as "the best prose stylist in America. And for claire messud, “Davis's signal gift is to make us feel alive.
Best known for her masterful short stories and translations, Davis’s gifts extend equally to her nonfiction. In essays one, gathered a selection of essays, commentaries, for the first time, Davis has, and lectures composed over the past five decades. In this first of two volumes, from john ashbery’s translation of Rimbaud to Alan Cote’s painting, her subjects range from her earliest influences to her favorite short stories, and from the Shepherd’s Psalm to early tourist photographs.
Essays One #ad - . A selection of essays on writing and reading by the master short-fiction writer Lydia DavisLydia Davis is a writer whose originality, influence, and wit are beyond compare.
The CorrespondenceFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Inventive, restless, intimate, streetwise, and erudite, The Correspondence introduces a brave and original observer of the inner life under pressure. Daniels asks in his first book, a series of six letters written during dark nights of the soul. D. Daniels is that rare thing, a writer completely in earnest whose wit never deserts him, even in extremis.
The first collection from a whiting writers’ Award winner whose work has become a fixture of The Paris Review and n+1Can civilization save us from ourselves? That is the question J. Working from his own highly varied experience—as a janitor, an adjunct professor, a dutiful son—he considers how far books and learning and psychoanalysis can get us, an exterminator, a drunk, a night watchman, and how much we’re stuck in the mud.
The Correspondence #ad - In prose wound as tight as a copper spring, daniels takes us from the highways of his native Kentucky to the Balearic Islands and from the Pampas of Brazil to the rarefied precincts of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In each dispatch, tone, form but also more immediate, such as spending two years on a Brazilian jiu-jitsu team he gets beaten to a pulp, Daniels takes risks—not just literary voice, repeatedly or participating in group psychoanalysis where he goes temporarily insane.
His traveling companions include psychotic kindergarten teachers, Israeli sailors, and Southern Baptists on fire for Christ.
Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida KahloCounterpoint #ad - Pierced through by a steel handrail and broken in many places, she entered a long period of convalescence during which she began to paint self-portraits. A vibrant series of prose poems, beauty Is Convulsive is a passionate meditation on Frida Kahlo, one of the twentieth century’s most compelling artists.
. Carole maso brings together pieces from kahlo’s biography, her letters, and her diaries to assemble a text that is as erotic, mysterious, medical documents, and colorful as one of Kahlo’s paintings. Like frida kahlo's painting—impossible to look away from. Kai maristed, los angeles timesat the age of eighteen, Frida Kahlo’s life was transformed when the bus in which she was riding was hit by a trolley car.
Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo #ad - Maso's incantatory description of her conjured-up subject's embrace takes on extraordinary power.