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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Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Love and Life
Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food
The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
We Should All Be Feminists
Between the World and Me
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
21 Lessons for the 21st Century
The Last Black Unicorn
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Yes Please
Art Matters
Everything I Know About Love
Heavy: An American Memoir
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff
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247 books — 141 voters
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Early Feminists
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Bad Feminist
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Men Explain Things to Me
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We Should All Be Feminists
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
A Room of One's Own
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments
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When You Are Engulfed in Flames
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