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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays

Category: Book
By (author): Jamison, Leslie
  NON-FICTION / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 0.00in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*From the "astounding" (Entertainment Weekly), "spectacularly evocative" (The Atlantic), and "brilliant" (Los Angeles Times) author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams comes a return to the essay form in this expansive new book.
With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which she has become known, Leslie Jamison offers us fourteen new essays that are by turns ecstatic, searching, staggering, and wise. In its kaleidoscopic sweep, Make It Scream, Make It Burn creates a profound exploration of the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.
Among Jamison's subjects are 52 Blue, deemed "the loneliest whale in the world"; the eerie past-life memories of children; the devoted citizens of an online world called Second Life; the haunted landscape of the Sri Lankan Civil War; and an entire museum dedicated to the relics of broken relationships. Jamison follows these examinations to more personal reckonings -- with elusive men and ruptured romances, with marriage and maternity -- in essays about eloping in Las Vegas, becoming a stepmother, and giving birth.
Often compared to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, and widely considered one of the defining voices of her generation, Jamison interrogates her own life with the same nuance and rigor she brings to her subjects. Indeed, this refusal to hide -- this emotional and intellectual frankness -- is precisely the quality that makes her questing and irrepressible voice impossible to resist.
Review Quote*"Illuminating and ruminative...Jamison is positively brilliant when penetrating a subject and unraveling its layers of meaning...Fans of the author's unique brand of perceptiveness will be delighted."-Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*Praise for The Recovering -- Entertainment Weekly's #1 Nonfiction Book of 2018
Review Quote*"Magnificent and genuinely moving. The rare addiction memoir that gets better after sobriety takes hold."-New York Times
Review Quote*"An honest and important book...Vivid writing and required reading."-Stephen King
Review Quote*"An astounding triumph...Rings achingly wise and burrows painfully deep...A recovery memoir like no other."-Entertainment Weekly
Review Quote*"Spectacularly evocative and sensuous...A compelling, fiercely ambitious book...Its publication represents the most significant new addition to the canon in more than a decade."-The Atlantic
Review Quote*"Masterful...Essential reading...Although the subject is dark, Jamison has managed to write an often very funny page-turner."-Bookforum
Review Quote*"Lush, almost caressing...Illuminating...What a gift."-NPR
Review Quote*"Energetic, colorful, fun, buzzy, affecting, and spot-on."-New York Times Book Review