Best American Essays 2013 Cheryl Strayed

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Strayed's essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere.With many rhetorical flourishes, they concern fraught travels, serious illnesses, mothers, fathers, youthful friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, birth, life, a lot of death and, perforce, self.Many of these personal essays seek to take on larger meanings, and if some heartfelt pieces, to make a universal point, confuse the essay form with a confessional, the practice works.Strayed was the co-host of the New York Times/WBUR podcast Dear Sugars, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus, and she co-authored, along with Steve Almond, The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section.Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Wild is "uplifting, but not in the way of many memoirs, where the uplift makes you feel that you’re committing mental suicide.Whether it's this year's editor or the times, it seems more, not less, and first-person singular is the prevailing mode.Don't look here for classical essays about the state of civilization or self-effacing reportage or unencumbered humor--no shades of E. White, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Jay Gould, Joseph Epstein or John Mc Phee.This book is as loose and sexy and dark as an early Lucinda Williams song.It’s got a punk spirit and makes an earthy and American sound." Dwight Garner, New York Times."Big-hearted, keen-eyed, lyrical, precise...Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column “Dear Sugar,” this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays.This is my first foray into "best of" collections, and I must say it was a pretty great one.

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