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For all its minor shortcomings, this collection is a strong addition to the "Best American Essays" tradition, and darn good reading too.
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.
Some readers looking for a breadth of human experience in a volume of essays may consider this to be a bit too much authorial navel gazing.
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.Published 1 month ago by Margaret A. Wood
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..Published on September 28, 2012 by Jewels
While I could wish for more diversity of topics in this collection (how many essays can I read about being a writer?), I do feel richer in my thoughts for having read it. Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by Kevin L. Nenstiel
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. Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Anthony R. Cardno
The Mansion: A Subprime Parable - Michael Lewis. Humorous
And Such small Deer - Its mosaic format lends it liberty to bundle different time myths... Read more
This collection does not come up to what we might expect from the title "Best Essays". The essays themselves are slight in impact and are also, most usually, wordy. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Sylvia Starr
This year's essay collection did not live up to the excellent introduction written by editor Mary Oliver. Read morePublished on October 23, 2009 by Valerie Lynn