Longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
An Esquire Magazine Pick of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2019
An Entropy Magazine Pick of Best Nonfiction of the Year
An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the 40 Biggest Titles of the Season
An O Magazine Pick of Must-Read Books for Fall
A BookPage Book of the Day selection
A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Month
From the "astounding" (Entertainment Weekly), "spectacularly evocative" (The Atlantic), and "brilliant" (Los Angeles Times) author of the
New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams comes a return to the essay form in this expansive new book.
ONE OF THE FALL'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS: Time, Entertainment Weekly, O, Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Esquire, Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, BuzzFeed, BookPage, The
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With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays in Make It Scream, Make It Burn explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.
Among Jamison's subjects are 52 Blue, deemed "the loneliest whale in the world"; the eerie past-life memories of children; the devoted citizens of an online world called Second Life; the haunted landscape of the Sri Lankan Civil War; and an entire museum dedicated to the relics of broken relationships. Jamison follows these examinations to more personal reckonings -- with elusive men and ruptured romances, with marriage and maternity -- in essays about eloping in Las Vegas, becoming a stepmother, and giving birth.
Often compared to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, and widely considered one of the defining voices of her generation, Jamison interrogates her own life with the same nuance and rigor she brings to
her subjects. The result is a provocative reminder of the joy and sustenance that can be found in the unlikeliest of circumstances.
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