The Best American Essays 1997 by Ian Frazier

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Each new volume of this acclaimed collection reflects the guest editor's distinctive taste and perspective. This year, Ian Frazier provides an unusually humorous and unpredictable selection. Here are some of our most respected writers - Susan Sontag, Roy Blount, Jr., Hilton Als, Thomas McGuane, and Joy Williams - exhibiting exquisite variations on the essay genre, from tall tale to riveting memoir.

About Ian Frazier

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Ian Frazier is the author of On the Rez, Great Plains, Family, Coyote v. Acme, and, most recently, Dating Your Mom. Since the inception of THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS in 1986 as a trade book title, Robert Atwan has been series editor. He has published reviews and essays in a range of periodicals and edited many other literature anthologies. Atwan most recently edited two collections of poetry with a biblical theme: CHAPTERS INTO VERSE by Oxford University Press and DIVINE INSPIRATION by Oxford University Press.
Published November 3, 1997 by Houghton Mifflin. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Among the standouts is Jo Ann Beard's tour-de-force ``The Fourth State of Matter,'' which describes in fascinating detail the events leading up to tragedy when a disillusioned physics doctoral candidate named Gang Lu shot up the offices of the Iowa City scientific journal where Beard was the mana...

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the victim of a childhood accident that disfigured her face, the piercing is something she chose, not something ""inflicted upon me against my will."" Australian journalist Paul Sheehan goes into great detail on what at first seems absurd: how he's come to assemble ""what is almost certainly the ...

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