The Best American Essays 2003 by Robert Atwan

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Since 1986, the Best American Essays series has gathered the best nonfiction writing of the year and established itself as the best-selling anthology of its kind. In this year's edition, essay veteran Katha Pollitt writes about learning to drive, and Adam Gopnik describes his daughter's peculiar take on our culture of busyness. Other creative-nonfiction luminaries are featured as well: Andre Aciman explores the emotional and nostalgic resonances of scents, and Michael Pollan considers the various ways of understanding animal rights. Culled from well-known magazines like The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, and smaller periodicals like Raritan and the Georgia Review, these diverse and wide-ranging essays are sure to thrill fans of the genre.

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.
From The New Yorker to the Threepenny Review, from the Atlantic Monthly to DoubleTake, the editors of The Best American Essays have scoured the country's best magazines in search of the most artful and powerful writing around. This thoughtful, provocative collection is the result of their search.

Andre Aciman Donald Antrim Atul Gawande Adam Gopnik Michael Pollan Katha Pollitt Susan Sontag John Edgar Wideman

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Anne Fadiman is the editor of The American Scholar and the author of two books of nonfiction, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down and Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader. Her essays and articles have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. 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.
Published October 10, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Selected by Oates ( Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart ) , this year's best-essay picks offer up a mixture of blather, self-indulgent and/or unfocused scribbling and incisive writing.

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