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Leslie Jamison

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Average rating: 3.62 · 8,088 ratings · 1,085 reviews · 9 distinct works · Similar authors
The Empathy Exams: Essays

3.63 avg rating — 7,461 ratings — published 2014 — 12 editions
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The Gin Closet

3.41 avg rating — 518 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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Good Kids by Benjamin Nugent
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Here's what happened when I started reading this book: I started and didn't want to put it down. Kept thinking up reasons to go home and pick it up again. Kept thinking, through the course of my day, about when I was going to go home and pick it up a ...more
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Half in Love by Maile Meloy
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I should start by saying that I genuinely respect Maile Meloy’s prose and love her wisdom about people in general (it seems) and her characters in particular. That said, I feel like her later stories are better than her first ones. What was razor in ...more
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Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
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This book was so wise it made me believe in insight writing again—writing that doesn’t undermine or question its truths but simply offers them, lets them cast shadows across the land. Stories like “Two-step” and “Paint” and “Spy vs. Spy” all gripped ...more
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On Ugliness by Umberto Eco
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The concept for this book is wonderful. And it's gorgeous. Sometimes I pet it. But I felt a bit disappointed by the structure: there's basically a catalogue of items (everything from paintings to hotel suites) that are "ugly," with broad thematic umb ...more
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The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames
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How to describe the experience of reading this book? It was like cringing for several hours straight, trapped in a bar booth with a man twice my age who might want to sleep with me but is probably too drunk to pull it off, all the while he's using wo ...more
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Blame by Michelle Huneven
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I might destroy my credibility by making my first review five-stars, but I thought this book was wonderful: moving and surprising, unsentimental but unafraid to court deep feeling in its attention to characters and the quiet stasis of their pain, the ...more
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“Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see.”
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays

“She was scared about leaving everything, and I got that, but I also knew you couldn't start living in the new place until you said fuck-all to the old.”
Leslie Jamison, The Gin Closet

“Empathy comes from the Greek empatheia - em (into) and pathos (feeling) - a penetration, a kind of travel. It suggests you enter another person's pain as you'd enter another country, through immigration and customs, border crossing by way of query: What grows where you are? What are the laws? What animals graze there?”
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays

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