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The Questions That Matter Most: Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom

In this slim yet valuable book, Smiley gives educators, readers, and writers much to discuss. Highly recommended.
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Reckoning: Writing into Existence

This is a fierce and empathetic look at the world and its many struggles.

Catching the Light

This highly recommended book is a comforting island for writers who enjoy reading about how authors succeed.

Too Much of Life: The Complete Crônicas

An excellent collection for readers who enjoy commentaries and observations from a wise, entertaining, realistic writer. Good choice for readers who enjoy essays by Anne Lamott and Ann Patchett.

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004 to 2021

This book will start conversations. Highly recommended for Atwood followers and writing students; it’s a gift of good works.
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The Contemporary American Essay

Recommended for libraries that have the first two volumes and for libraries where essays are popular.

The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945–1970

In this collection, readers might see the value of the essay format as a way to share opinions. Lopate’s collection is a worthwhile slice of the history of the essay and its lasting contribution to American writing.

The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story

This anthology sets itself apart by providing an inclusive starting point for readers interested in discovering the power of the short story; it is golden for those who already recognize that power.
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Where I Come From: Stories from the Deep South

A notable volume from a widely appreciated author recommended for all humor, journalism, and Southern literature collections.
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