The Best American Essays 2017

by Leslie Jamison, Robert Atwan

The best-selling essayist Leslie Jamison picks the best essays from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites.

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780544817333
ISBN-10: 0544817338
Pages: 336
Publication Date: 10/03/2017


Foreword by Robert Atwan     ix

Introduction by Leslie Jamison     xvi

JASON ARMENT   Two Shallow Graves   1
   from The Florida Review

RACHEL KAADZI GHANSAH   The Weight of James Arthur Baldwin   16
   from BuzzFeed

   from Alaska Quarterly Review

LAWRENCE JACKSON   The City That Bleeds  45
   from Harper's Magazine

RACHEL KUSHNER   "We Are Orphans Here"   60
   from The New York Times Magazine

ALAN LIGHTMAN   What Came Before the Big Bang?   72
   from Harper's Magazine

EMILY MALONEY   Cost of Living   82
   from The Virginia Quarterly Review

GREG MARSHALL   If I Only Had a Leg   91
   from Electronic Literature

BERNARD FARAI MATAMBO   Working the City   104
   from Transition

KENNETH A. McCLANE   Sparrow Needy   115
   from Kenyon Review

KATHERINE VENABLE   The Book of the Dead   128
   from Oxford American

WESLEY MORRIS   Last Taboo   160
   from The New York Times Magazine

CHRISTOPHER NOTARNICOLA   Indigent Disposition   176
   from North American Review

MEGHAN O'GIEBLYN   Dispatch from Flyover Country   180
   from The Threepenny Review

KAREN PALMER   The Reader Is the Protagonist   192
   from The Virginia Quarterly Review

   from n+1

HEATHER SELLERS   Haywire   232
   from Tin House

ANDREA STUART   Travels in Pornland   252
   from Granta

JUNE THUNDERSTORM   Revenge of the Mouthbreathers: A Smoker's Manifesto   267
   from The Baffler

ALIA VOLZ   Snakebit   275
   from The Threepenny Review

Contributors’ Notes   285

Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2016   291

Notable Special Issues of 2016   301

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