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  1. The Distance Between
    The Distance Between is a nuanced exploration of and reckoning with absent fathers, fatherhood, addiction, adolescent rage, white male privilege, and the author’s own toxic masculinity.  ... Learn More
    Published: 1st October 2019
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  2. Meander Belt
    Meander Belt is a reflection on how a working-class boy from the American South came to fall in love with language and writing despite his relationship with a father who valued physical rather than mental labor.  ... Learn More
    Published: 1st October 2019
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  3. The Virgin of Prince Street
    With organized religion becoming increasingly divisive and politicized and Americans abandoning their pews in droves, it’s easy to question aspects of traditional spirituality and devotion. In response to this shifting landscape,... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2019
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  4. This Fish Is Fowl
    In This Fish Is Fowl Xu Xi offers the transnational and feminist perspective of a contemporary “glocalized” American life. Xu’s quirky, darkly comic, and obsessively personal essays emerge from her diverse... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2019
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  5. The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet
    Clear-sighted, darkly comic, and tender, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet is about a daughter’s struggle to face the Medusa of generational trauma without turning to stone. Growing up in the New Jersey suburbs... Learn More
    Published: 1st October 2018
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  6. A Certain Loneliness
    After contracting polio as a child, Sandra Gail Lambert progressed from braces and crutches to a manual wheelchair to a power wheelchair—but loneliness has remained a constant, from the wild claustrophobia of a child in... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2018
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  7. Island in the City
    What forges the unique human personality? In Island in the City Micah McCrary, taking his genetic inheritance as immutable, considers the role geography has played in shaping who he is. Place often leaves indelible marks: the... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2018
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  8. When We Were Ghouls
    When Amy E. Wallen’s southern, blue-collar, peripatetic family was transferred from Ely, Nevada, to Lagos, Nigeria, she had just turned seven. From Nevada to Nigeria and on to Peru, Bolivia, and Oklahoma, the family wandered... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2018
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  9. Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System
    Rate your pain on a scale of one to ten. What about on a scale of spicy to citrus? Is it more like a lava lamp or a mosaic? Pain, though a universal element of human experience, is dimly understood and sometimes barely managed.... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2017
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  10. Should I Still Wish
    In this candid and moving memoir, John W. Evans articulates the complicated joys of falling in love again as a young widower. Though heartbroken after his wife’s violent death, Evans realizes that he cannot remain inconsolable... Learn More
    Published: 1st January 2017
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  11. The Solace of Stones
    Everything changes when Julie Riddle’s parents stumble across the wilderness survival guide How to Live in the Woods on Pennies a Day. In 1977, when Riddle is seven years old, she and her family—fed up with the challenges... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2016
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  12. My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married
    Modern manhood is confusing and complicated, but Joey Franklin, a thirtysomething father of three, is determined to make the best of it. In My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married, he offers frank, self-deprecating... Learn More
    Published: 1st November 2015
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  13. Queen of the Fall
    Whether pulled from the folds of memory, channeled through the icons of Greek mythology and Roman Catholicism, or filtered through the lens of pop culture, Sonja Livingston’s Queen of the Fall considers the lives of women. Exploring... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2015
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  14. Get Me Through Tomorrow
    On August 4, 2004, Jason Crigler was onstage in a New York City nightclub when a blood vessel burst in his brain. The thirty-four-year-old guitarist, a fixture in the downtown music scene who had played with Marshall Crenshaw,... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2015
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  15. The Pat Boone Fan Club
    Gentile reader, and you, Jews, come too. Follow Sue William Silverman, a one-woman cultural mash-up, on her exploration of identity among the mishmash of American idols and ideals that confuse most of us—or should. Pat Boone... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2014
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  16. Weeds
    In Thomas Jefferson’s day, 90 percent of the population worked on family farms. Today, in a world dominated by agribusiness, less than 1 percent of Americans claim farm-related occupations. What was lost along the way is something... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2013
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