The Best American Essays 2015

Edited and with an Introduction by Ariel Levy
Robert Atwan, Series Editor

“WRITING AN ESSAY IS LIKE CATCHING A WAVE,” posits guest editor Ariel Levy. “To catch a wave, you need skill and nerve, not just moving water.” This year’s writers are certainly full of nerve, and have crafted a wide range of pieces awash in a diversity of moods, voices, and stances. Leaving an abusive marriage, parting with a younger self, losing your sanity to Fitbit, and even saying goodbye to a beloved pair of pants imbued with meaning are all unified by the daring of their creation. As Levy notes, “Writing around an idea you think is worthwhile—an idea you suspect is an insight—requires real audacity.”

Copyright © 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Introduction copyright © 2015 by Ariel Levy
ISBN 978-0-544-81210-9

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