LitStaff Recs: The Empathy Exams & Three Parts Dead

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The Empathy Exams: Essays, by Leslie Jamison The Empathy Exams blends memoir, literary, cultural and moral investigation, and its essays are rich, astute, and candid. This is Jamison’s second book (following a 2011 novel The Gin Closet), winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize that went on to the New York Times bestseller list. Jamison [….]

LitStack Rec: My Misspent Youth & Three Parts Dead

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My Misspent Youth, essays by Meghan Daum My introduction to Daum and her essays was Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, her account of wanting, finding, losing and finding the ideal home. In a way, it’s a memoir of coming into one’s own, though in the context of money matters—real estate, [….]

LitStack Recs: Without & Three Parts Dead

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Without Donald Hall This book is the one of the few that, when I pick it up, I read from first page to last—no matter what I was doing before, or what time of day or night. In twenty poems, Donald Hall traces the illness and death of Hall’s wife, the poet Jane Kenyon, who [….]