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Robert Atwan
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Mariner; Original edition (October 8, 2009)
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Series: The Best American Series ®. Paperback: 224 pages. I've always loved the Best American series, especially the volume of essays.

Series: The Best American Series ®. ISBN-10: 9780618982721.

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Best American Essays 2009 Pa (The Best American Series ®.

Best American Essays 2009 Pa (The Best American Series ®). Robert Atwan. Best American Essays 2016 (The Best American Series ®). Jonathan Franzen. This is the worst of the American Series essay collections that ive read so far. Out of the 21 essays, I found only 5 moderately interesting and worth reading.

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The Best American Series ®. Publisher. This is a thin issue at only 187 pages. Most of the selections are well written, but they demand concentration and may not be of general interest. To the extent they express political views, essays in this collection are unabashedly progressive. The collection is heavy on environmental themes and especially writers writing about writing. There were a few that had some energy and broad appeal which I enjoyed best, including Michael Lewis "The Mansion: A Subprime Parable" where he describes renting the largest house in New Orleans, it's very funny and reads breezily. I guess finding this piece made the book worth it. I am a huge fan of the Best American Essays series, and this is a very full collection and although 10 year old, is still excellent reading.

Edited by award-winning poet and essayist Mary Oliver, the latest edition of this "rich and thoughtful collection" (Publishers Weekly) offers the finest essays "judiciously selected from countless publications" (Chicago Tribune).
  • Jode
This is a collection of magazine articles. Nature writing is included but nothing from the medical or psychological journals or about finance or economics.
I sympathize with the feeling that some of these pieces of writing are so good that they should not be doomed to be ephemeral. How well do these jewels shine when taken out of their settings and jumbled in with the rest of the best?
One problem with enshrining them in a book is the lack of the feedback that we would get from letter-writers in a magazine. This is especially important in controversial contemporary issues where there may be another side to the story. John Berger's story about the Zapatistas in Mexico was in this category. I'm sure that in a magazine or newspaper there would have been plenty of eager correspondents wanting to put in five cents worth. I found myself wanting to point out that James Marcus misses one of the most interesting psychological points about fainting and phobias. Horror at blood and guts results in slowing of the pulse, whereas for the animal phobic the sight of a snake or a spider causes the pulse to quicken.
Some pieces would have fitted better in the context of book. Gregory Orr's account of freedom riding would have gone well into a book about the African-American revolution of the sixties, where other accounts and background would have put it into focus.
Trying to read this cover to cover is like eating all the items in a buffet full of good food. We cannot immortalize every piece of good writing. Some is destined to be transient and its authors as forgotten as an Amazon reviewer,
  • Ueledavi
Bought for a discussion group. We were all older and didn't think these were nearly as good a essays written in 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Macill
They have some great stories in this book, short and sweet....I like this book a lot it's great for learning Essays. ;) I'm happy with this book..
  • Arcanefire
I strongly disagree with the previous reviews about this book. The essays by Wendell Berry, Brian Doyle, David Duncan, Kathryn Miles and Barry Lopez are stellar as are many of the others. Oliver privileged, it seems, writing with a strong sense of place, especially the natural world, and those not used to this kind of writing may not like it. I love it. A great collection with a wonderful selection of traditional and innovative essays, one of which (the Duncan essay) turns into a poem at the end. The Doyle essay on writing nature essays should be required reading for anyone interested in writing essays of any type.
  • Diredefender
I've always loved the Best American series, especially the volume of essays. I haven't picked up the past few editions, so maybe this is a weak entry, or maybe my tastes have changed. In any case, this edition is absolutely awful.

It's a shame, because the introduction by Mary Oliver really piqued my interest. Her short history of essay writing is interesting. She mentions that--in times past--the essay was not held to such rigorous standards of factual accuracy. Therefore, an essayist could rely on fact, fiction, memory, and imagination to write a an essay. Now we take an essayist like David Sedaris--who I don't particularly like--and pick him apart for not writing stories that are 100% fact.

In case, don't but this book.
  • Pedora
As with almost any anthology, there will be essays in this book people will like, and essays they won't, and everyone's reaction will be different.

Of everything in the collection, I think my favorite piece was Brian Doyle's "The Greatest Nature Essay Ever," a short two pages that captures perfectly what a truly great nature essay would involve, without ever once veering into actual examples or details. Really, really well done.

Also among the highlights for me: Chris Arthur's "(En)trance," about how the entrance to his mother's childhood home fascinates him, and also about the difference between writing fiction and writing essays; Michael Lewis' "The Mansion: A subprime parable," about living beyond your means even temporarily to prove a point; Jill McCorkle's "Cuss Time," which is about our shrinking language; and Gregory Orr's "Return to Hayneville," about his experiences as a young civil rights movement volunteer.
There were only a few essays that didn't work for me at all, but quite a few that started strong and sort of felt like they lost focus near the end.