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Gopnik, Adam; Rieff, David; Atwan, Robert (Series Editor); Slater, Lauren (Editor) & Others. THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2006. New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 277 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of essays. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the more common Softcover Edition. Published in an extremely small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. Celebrates the personal essay in all of its rich and inexhaustible beauty and diversity. "Veteran essayists (Joseph Epstein, Oliver Sacks, Susan Orlean) share space with accomplished newcomers (Michele Morano, Laurie Abraham, Poe Ballantine). Ethnic variety is one strain: Emily Bernard writes about being a black teacher in a white class; Ken Chen deciphers the cultural mix of Hong Kong. Peter Selgin's account of the maiming of his hand and Robert Polito's search for his unknown grandmother convey the poignancy of loss, and Scott Turow regrets never having met Saul Bellow. But the dominant theme is death. Toi Derricotte, Kim Dana Kupperman, and David Rieff write about the deaths of their mothers (Rieff's mother was Susan Sontag). Adam Gopnik wittily demonstrates how the death of a goldfish provides a watershed moment for his family" (Publisher's blurb). "I think of the personal essay as the genre of the posthumous" (Lauren Slater). A very moving collection , this is a "must-have" title for contemporary literature collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on his contribution by Adam Gopnik. This title is now out-of-print as a hardcover and highly collectible. This is the only such signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Some of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ADAM GOPNIK, JOSEPH EPSTEIN, DAVID RIEFF, OLIVER SACKS, SUSAN ORLEAN, AND SCOTT TUROW TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0618705317. $40.00

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