This exciting collection introduces the first-ever annual anthology of writing by African Americans. Here are remarkable essays on a variety of subjects informed byabut not necessarily aboutathe experience of blackness, as seen through the eyes of some of our finest writers. From art, entertainment, and science to technology, sexuality, and current eventsaincluding the battle for the Democratic nomination for the presidencyathe 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 lifeaand everything in between. In aFired, 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 aDriving.a Journalist Brian Palmer shares aThe Last Thoughts of an Iraq War Embed.a Jamaica Kincaid describes her oddly charged relationship with that quintessentially British, Wordsworthian flower in aDances with Daffodils, a and writer Hawa Allan depicts the forces of race and rivalry as two catwalk icons face off in aWhen Tyra Met Naomi.a A venue in which African American writers can branch out from traditionally ablacka 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 contributoras bios. From the Hardcover edition.Please click the aquot;Behind the Bookaquot; link for contributoras bios. From the Hardcover edition.
|Title||:||Best African American Essays|
|Author||:||Gerald Early, Debra J. Dickerson|
|Publisher||:||Bantam - 2009-01-13|