Top 5 Essay Collections

Why read the translated thoughts of others? Where is the appeal to stream of consciousness? Why read something real? Fiction is all well and good (understatement), but there is nothing like a real person to make you feel like the missing piece in the puzzle of the world.

  1. Upstream by Mary Oliver
    • For the readers, aspiring writers, and simply those who pay attention–whether they can help it or not. Also, for the nature lovers, those who find peace in the trees, the sun, the gurgling brook.
  2. The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • For those who enjoy fellow transcendentalists like Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau. For those who champion individuality and independent thought. For those who may not know what they think, but want to learn how to discover it.
  3. Where the Stress Falls by Susan Sontag
    • For the appreciators of beauty and those who crave the cultured exposure of art–in every sense of the word. Divided into three sections (‘Reading’, ‘Seeing’, and ‘There and Here’), Sontag explores different art forms and explores her own identity as a writer.
  4. There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness by Carlo Rovelli
    • For the boldly curious and those who want to save the world. For the aspiring polymaths and those who want to revisit the time when philosophers and scientists were one and the same. Rovelli explores themes ranging from Nabokov’s Lolita to Aristotle’s postulations to the nature of black holes.
  5. The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
    • For those who enjoy a good laugh and the randomness of humanity. For those who require a new perspective on the contemporary world and what it has reaped.

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