Title: THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2006 - Rare ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 2006
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 277 pages. Published in 2006. Retrospective collection of essays. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the more common Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original. The First Hardcover Edition is now scarce. Presents "The Best American Essays 2006". Celebrates the personal essay in all of its rich and inexhaustible beauty and diversity. "Veteran essayists (Joseph Epstein, Oliver Sacks, Susan Orlean) share space with accomplished newcomers (Michele Morano, Laurie Abraham, Poe Ballantine). Ethnic variety is one strain: Emily Bernard writes about being a black teacher in a white class; Ken Chen deciphers the cultural mix of Hong Kong. Peter Selgin's account of the maiming of his hand and Robert Polito's search for his unknown grandmother convey the poignancy of loss, and Scott Turow regrets never having met Saul Bellow. But the dominant theme is death. Toi Derricotte, Kim Dana Kupperman, and David Rieff write about the deaths of their mothers (Rieff's mother was Susan Sontag). Adam Gopnik wittily demonstrates how the death of a goldfish provides a watershed moment for his family" (Publisher's blurb). "I think of the personal essay as the genre of the posthumous" (Lauren Slater). An absolute "must-have" title for contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on his contribution by Adam Gopnik. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Some of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ADAM GOPNIK, JOSEPH EPSTEIN, DAVID RIEFF, OLIVER SACKS, SUSAN ORLEAN, AND SCOTT TUROW TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0618705317. Bookseller Inventory # 10909
Synopsis: "The essays in this volume are powerful, plainspoken meditations on birthing, dying, and all the business in between," writes Lauren Slater in her introduction to the 2006 edition. "They reflect the best of what we, as a singular species, have to offer, which is reflection in a context of kindness. The essays tell hard-won tales wrestled sometimes from great pain."
The twenty powerful essays in this volume are culled from periodicals ranging from The Sun to The New Yorker, from Crab Orchard Review to Vanity Fair. In "Missing Bellow," Scott Turow reflects on the death of an author he never met, but one who "overpowered me in a way no other writer had." Adam Gopnik confronts a different kind of death, that of his five-year-old daughter's pet fish -- a demise that churns up nothing less than "the problem of consciousness and the plotline of Hitchock's Vertigo."
A pet is center stage as well in Susan Orlean's witty and compassionate saga of a successful hunt for a stolen border collie. Poe Ballantine chronicles a raw-nerved pilgrimage in search of salvation, solace, and a pretty brunette, and Laurie Abraham, in "Kinsey and Me," journeys after the man who dared to plumb the mysteries of human desire. Marjorie Williams gives a harrowing yet luminous account of her life with cancer, and Michele Morano muses on the grammar of the subjunctive mood while proving that "in language, as in life, moods are complicated, but at least in language there are only two."
About the Author:
ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.
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