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This volume collects the finest essays from the second half of the Believer's decade-long (and counting) run. The Believer, the McSweeney's-published four-time nominee for the National Magazine Award, is beloved for tackling everything from pop culture to ancient literature with the same sagacity and wit, and this collection cements that reputation with pieces as wildly di ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by McSweeney's (first published September 9th 2014)
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James Eckman
Dec 16, 2014 James Eckman rated it liked it
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A collection of literary essays from a magazine I've never heard of, but then I'm a cultural barbarian. Some are fun, some I didn't finish, I fear if I read too much of this stuff I may wind up with a new wardrobe pretending to be tragically hip.
Jan 07, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
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I found this book utterly fascinating. I mean, truly and utterly fascinating. It's a total departure from the kinds of books I usually read, and I am so very happy it caught my eye in the library. If you love to learn new things and find the odd, the trivial, the curious, and the unique to be "fun to learn about", then I highly recommend this book. It's such a diverse collection of essays that I feel all the more educated and cultured for having read it.
Feb 02, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
Its a nice leisure read on various people and subjects. I've purchased a few Believer publications, its a good read. As i get older i find myself more sceptical of non-fiction, and for good reason, i found a lot of the ideas and statements presented as factual were slanted to support the authors view salon-like
Oct 29, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
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A good variety of short stories and a good variety of authors. In the handful I read the topics ranged from historical to racial tension to humor. Check it out!
Dec 06, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it
A wonderful compilation of essays on various eclectic topics. Fans of nonfiction writing should pick this one up. It would make a nice traveling companion instead of the usual magazines.
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A good variety of short stories and a good variety of authors. In the handful I read the topics ranged from historical to racial tension to humor. Check it out! (Jessica)
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Heidi Suzanne Julavits is an American author and co-editor of The Believer magazine. She has been published in The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2, Esquire, Story, Zoetrope All-Story, and McSweeney's Quarterly. Her novels include The Mineral Palace (2000), The Effect of Living Backwards (2003) and The Uses of Enchantment (2006) and The Vanishers (2012).

She was born and grew up in Portland, Maine,
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