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The Best American Essays 1996

by Geoffrey C. Ward (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)

Other authors: Joan Acocella (Contributor), Nicholson Baker (Contributor), Julie Baumgold (Contributor), Jane Brox (Contributor), William Cronon (Contributor)17 more, Stanley Crouch (Contributor), Gerald Early (Contributor), Joseph Epstein (Contributor), James Fenton (Contributor), Ian Frazier (Contributor), Amitav Ghosh (Contributor), Adam Gopnik (Contributor), Gordon Grice (Contributor), Edward Hoagland (Contributor), Chang-Rae Lee (Contributor), James Alan McPherson (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Mary Oliver (Contributor), Darryl Pinckney (Contributor), Jonathan Raban (Contributor), Bruce Shapiro (Contributor), William Styron (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Essays (1996), Best American (1996)

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The Best American Essays 1996 celebrates the acclaimed anthology's tenth year with a lively, wide-ranging volume that takes the essay into diverse worlds far beyond the personal. The territories these essays explore are sometimes astonishing, amusing, or disturbing. Ian Frazier takes the F train to Brooklyn, with its continuous parade of urban surprises; Amitav Ghosh visits New Delhi during a moment of social upheaval; and Chang-Rae Lee welcomes us into his family kitchen, where he prepares Korean meals for his dying mother. While Gerald Early analyzes the Afrocentric dream of a world without whites, Jonathan Raban hears " the last call of the wild" on the Pacific coast, and Nicholson Baker peruses an upscale world in which books are part of the furniture. Guest editor Geoffrey C. Ward has assembled an outstanding group of essays with a slightly different twist - one that looks outside instead of in.… (more)
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Ward, Geoffrey C.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwan, RobertEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Acocella, JoanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, NicholsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baumgold, JulieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brox, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cronon, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crouch, StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Early, GeraldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Epstein, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fenton, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frazier, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ghosh, AmitavContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gopnik, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grice, GordonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoagland, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, Chang-RaeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McPherson, James AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oliver, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pinckney, DarrylContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Raban, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shapiro, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The Best American Essays 1996 celebrates the acclaimed anthology's tenth year with a lively, wide-ranging volume that takes the essay into diverse worlds far beyond the personal. The territories these essays explore are sometimes astonishing, amusing, or disturbing. Ian Frazier takes the F train to Brooklyn, with its continuous parade of urban surprises; Amitav Ghosh visits New Delhi during a moment of social upheaval; and Chang-Rae Lee welcomes us into his family kitchen, where he prepares Korean meals for his dying mother. While Gerald Early analyzes the Afrocentric dream of a world without whites, Jonathan Raban hears " the last call of the wild" on the Pacific coast, and Nicholson Baker peruses an upscale world in which books are part of the furniture. Guest editor Geoffrey C. Ward has assembled an outstanding group of essays with a slightly different twist - one that looks outside instead of in.

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