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Most Read This Week Tagged "Essays"

We Should All Be Feminists
The Last Black Unicorn
Between the World and Me
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Women & Power: A Manifesto
Yes Please
Scrappy Little Nobody
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Why Not Me?
We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Men Explain Things to Me
Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say
Bad Feminist
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
So You Want to Talk About Race
Heart Berries: A Memoir
The Line Becomes A River
A Spy's Guide to Thinking
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
I've Got This Round
Citizen: An American Lyric
What I Know for Sure
Difficult Women
Mrs Funnybones
Dad Is Fat
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
You'll Grow Out of It
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002
Priestdaddy: A Memoir
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters
The Course of Love
The Argonauts
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
Stillhet i støyens tid. Gleden ved å stenge verden ute
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
Food: A Love Story
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
So Sad Today: Personal Essays
Brave Enough
I'm Fine...and Other Lies
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
Note to Self
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Feel Free: Essays
It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)
The River of Consciousness
The Origin of Others
Utopia for Realists: Why Making the World a Better Place Isn't a Fantasy and How We Can Do It
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions
Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right
So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays
But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me
The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
Electric Arches
The Clothing of Books
Om vinteren
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
M Train
Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations
Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People
Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
In Other Words
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
South and West: From a Notebook
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth

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