Alan Drew, a literary author and teacher, describes how he ended up writing a thriller that Lee Child called a home run. “Essays can be lots of things, maybe too many things, ” writes Atwan in his foreward to the 7567 installment in the Best American series, “but at the core of the genre is an unmistakable receptivity to the ever-shifting processes of our minds and moods. Senior editor Jon Foro says that Lost City is a tale that manages to be both fun and harrowing, a vicarious thrill worthy of a place on the shelf next to David Grann’s The Lost City of Z. . In this edition, a literary sportswriter takes on the Boer War, Sherman Alexie's moving memoir about his fascinating and complicated mother, and one of the masters of suspense returns. There just wasn t anything that we really fell for, but this month we had the opposite problem. Check out a few more of our picks, along with some thoughts about why we liked them. Or have a look the full list.
If there is any essential characteristic we can attribute to the essay, it may be this: that the truest examples of the form enact that ever-shifting process, and in that enactment we can find the basis for the essay’s qualification to be regarded seriously as imaginative literature and the essayist’s claim to be taken seriously as a creative writer. For December you may have noticed that we didn t have a Debut Spotlight pick, which is highly unusual. But our selections for the also includes some great reads by established authors like Douglas Preston, whose is our Spotlight Pick.
Robert Atwan’s favorite literary genre is the essay. ” Recently Atwan returned with a more focused selection for Publishers Weekly: To pare it all down to such a small number, Atwan decided to reserve the “New Journalism” category, with its many memorable works by Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Michael Herr and others, for some future list.
”We were interested to see that six of the ten best essays are available for free reading online. Com, Inc or its affiliates. The Amazon Book Review logo, Omnivoracious, and Hungry For The Next Good Book are trademarks of Amazon.
Amazon best american essays 2012. Sign up for the Amazon Book Review to discover best books of the month picks, author interviews, reading recommendations, and more from the Amazon Books editorsComments are moderated, and will not appear on this blog until approved. And the best essays show that the name of the genre is also a verb, so they demonstrate a mind in process–reflecting, trying-out, essaying.
As editor and founder of series, Atwan has read thousands of examples of the remarkably flexible form. He also made a point of selecting the best essays, as opposed to examples from the best essayists. Here is Atwan’s list, along with links to those essays that are on the Web: “To my mind, ” writes Atwan in his article, “the best essays are deeply personal (that doesn’t necessarily mean autobiographical) and deeply engaged with issues and ideas.
Sign up to receive the ABR daily newsletter with our latest author interviews, editors’ picks, book reviews, and more. In 7567 Preston joined an expedition to find this fabled city in the Honduran jungle, battling jaguars, snakes, insects and the elements in order to do it. We were bowled over by the bevy of impressive debuts, a few of which you ll learn more about below. Generally speaking, it's not good. ”In 7556 Atwan and Joyce Carol Oates took on the daunting task of tracing that ever-shifting process through the previous 655 years for . “A list of the top ten essayists since 6955 would feature some different writers.