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Great Selection of Essays
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2014
My wife is reading this book of essays aloud to me because I am visually impaired. We haven't read all of the essays yet, but thought the introduction by Cheryl Strayed enhanced interest.
The first essay, "Free Rent at the Totalitarian Hotel" by Poe Ballantine, is at once touching, shocking, and poignant.
Alice Munro's "Night" elicits great sympathy for a family caught up in a struggle to acquire their own farm under the supervision of a father who is a bit paranoid and eccentric.
"Sometimes a Romantic Notion," by Richard Schmitt explores the lure of the circus and the propensity to refer to joining the circus, as "running away to join the circus," as if it were a foregone conclusion that just anyone can join the circus.
Vanessa Veselka's "Highway of Lost Girls" deals with vulnerable runaway teenagers hitching rides at truck stops and the terrible things that sometimes happen to them. Ms. Veselka speaks from experience.
I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the essays. I certainly recommend the book based on the essays we have read.