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Mary Oliver is the author of twenty books, including The Leaf and the Cloud and What Do We Know. Her many accolades include the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Robert Atwan has been the series editor for The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide
Table of Contents
|Taking a Reading: from Mid-American Review||p. 1|
|(En)trance: from The Literary Review||p. 3|
|Portrait of a Masked Man: from Harper's Magazine||p. 17|
|Faustian Economics: from Harper's Magazine||p. 26|
|The Greatest Nature Essay Ever: from Orion||p. 37|
|Cherish This Ecstasy: from The Sun||p. 39|
|The Dark Art of Description: from The Iowa Review||p. 43|
|And Such Small Deer: from Lapham's Quarterly||p. 53|
|Our Vanishing Night: from National Geographic||p. 63|
|You Be the Moon: from A Public Space||p. 67|
|The Mansion: A Subprime Parable: from Conde Nast Portfolio||p. 73|
|Madre de Dios: from Portland||p. 87|
|Faint Music: from Harvard Review||p. 94|
|Cuss Time: from The American Scholar||p. 105|
|Dog Is Our Copilot: from Ecotone||p. 110|
|Return to Hayneville: from The Virginia Quarterly Review||p. 125|
|Ghost Writers: from PEN America||p. 140|
|The God of the Desert: from Harper's Magazine||p. 144|
|Shipwrecked: from The American Scholar||p. 165|
|The Writer in Winter: from AARP Magazine||p. 172|
|First: from The Gettysburg Review||p. 177|
|The Mechanics of Being: from The Missouri Review||p. 181|
|Contributors' Notes||p. 188|
|Notable Essays of 2008||p. 194|
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