Best African American Essays

Best African American Essays

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This exciting collection introduces the first-ever annual anthology of writing by African Americans. Here are remarkable essays on a variety of subjects informed bya€”but not necessarily abouta€”the experience of blackness, as seen through the eyes of some of our finest writers. From art, entertainment, and science to technology, sexuality, and current eventsa€”including the battle for the Democratic nomination for the presidencya€”the essays in this inaugural anthology offer the compelling perspectives of a number of well-known, distinguished writers, among them Malcolm Gladwell, Jamaica Kincaid, James McBride, and Walter Mosley, and a number of other writers who are just beginning to be heard. Selected from a diverse array of respected publications such as the New Yorker, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, and National Geographic, the essays gathered here are about making history, living everyday lifea€”and everything in between. In a€œFired, a€ author and professor Emily Bernard wrestles with the pain of a friendship inexplicably ended. Kenneth McClane writes hauntingly of the last days of his parentsa€™ lives in a€œDriving.a€ Journalist Brian Palmer shares a€œThe Last Thoughts of an Iraq War Embed.a€ Jamaica Kincaid describes her oddly charged relationship with that quintessentially British, Wordsworthian flower in a€œDances with Daffodils, a€ and writer Hawa Allan depicts the forces of race and rivalry as two catwalk icons face off in a€œWhen Tyra Met Naomi.a€ A venue in which African American writers can branch out from traditionally a€œblacka€ subjects, Best African American Essays features a range of gifted voices exploring the many issues and experiences, joys and trials, that, as human beings, we all share. Please click the qBehind the Bookq link for contributora€™s bios. From the Hardcover edition.Please click the aquot;Behind the Bookaquot; link for contributora€™s bios. From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Best African American Essays
Author:Gerald Early, Debra J. Dickerson
Publisher:Bantam - 2009-01-13


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