Best essay collection books
1. Against Interpretation — Susan Sontag 2. Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere — André Aciman 3. American Romances — Rebecca Brown 4. Art and Ardor — Cynthia Ozick 5. The Art of the Personal Essay — anthology, edited by Phillip Lopate 6. Bad Feminist — Roxane Gay 7. The Best American Essays of the Century — anthology, edited by Joyce Carol Oates 8. 100 Must-Read Essay Collections - BOOK RIOT 100 Must-Read Essay Collections - BOOK RIOT The 25 Greatest Essay Collections of All Time 100 Must-Read Essay Collections - BOOK RIOT “Part retrospective, part memoir, Fenton Johnson’s collection Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays explores sexuality, religion, geography, the AIDS crisis, and more.
Johnson’s wanderings take him from the hills of Kentucky to those of San Francisco, from the streets of Paris to the sidewalks of Calcutta. Didion’s pen is like a periscope onto the creative mind—and, as this collection demonstrates, it always has been. These essays offer a direct line to what’s in the offing.” –Durga Chew-Bose ( The New York Times Book Review) 3. Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) 12 Rave • 13 Positive • 1 Mixed Read an excerpt from Orwell’s Roses here Zadie Smith. Buy the book. Nora Ephron. Buy the book. James Baldwin ’s first essay collection looms large. In the 10 essays that comprise Notes of a Native Son, the American essayist demonstrates not just his way with words but the breadth of his expertise, acutely dissecting mid-century culture from its literature and theatre to the day-to. “Death of a Pig”, in this collection, is a very good one. We have a section in the New Yorker called “Notes & Comments”, which White wrote for over 40 years. If you can find his comment pieces, they’re particularly wonderful. They appear in most of his collections in one form or another, and are the ones that I relish most.