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An essay is a piece of writing which is often written from an author's personal point of view. Essays can consist of a number of elements, including: literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author. The definition of an essay is vague, overlapping with those of an article and a short story. Almost all modern essays are written in prose, but works in verse have been dubbed essays (e.g. Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism and An Essay on Man). While brevity usually defines an essay, voluminous works like Joh ...more

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Why Not Me?
Yes Please
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Between the World and Me
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Bad Feminist: Essays
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
We Should All Be Feminists
Dad Is Fat
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Men Explain Things to Me
How to Be a Woman
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Food: A Love Story
The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
Fortune Smiles
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy
Citizen: An American Lyric
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Sh*t My Dad Says
When to Rob a Bank
People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
The Road to Character
Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
I Regret Nothing: A Memoir
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
The Argonauts
You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery
The Empathy Exams: Essays
Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)
Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
The Seven Good Years: A Memoir
What I Know For Sure
Get in Trouble
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It
Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Free Will
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
On Immunity: An Inoculation
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
Men We Reaped
I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star
How To Be a Heroine
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
Blue Nights
Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories and Confessions
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
Never Have I Ever: my life (so far) without a date
Is It Just Me?
The Folded Clock: A Diary
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
Bark: Stories
Levels of Life
Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections
The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life
Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes
Hitch-22: A Memoir
Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

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