Popular Personal Essay Books

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Me Talk Pretty One Day Me Talk Pretty One Day (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.97 — 768,292 ratings — published 2000
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When You Are Engulfed in Flames When You Are Engulfed in Flames (Hardcover)
by (shelved 4 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.05 — 228,180 ratings — published 2008
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Naked Naked (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.09 — 297,146 ratings — published 1997
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.25 — 50,501 ratings — published 1968
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A Room of One's Own A Room of One's Own (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.09 — 141,402 ratings — published 1929
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Holidays on Ice Holidays on Ice (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.98 — 120,213 ratings — published 1997
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A Walk in the Woods A Walk in the Woods (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.05 — 387,671 ratings — published 1997
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The White Album The White Album (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.21 — 19,772 ratings — published 1979
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The Gastronomical Me The Gastronomical Me (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.24 — 7,645 ratings — published 1943
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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (Hardcover)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.79 — 168,191 ratings — published 2013
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The Best American Essays 2011 The Best American Essays 2011 (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.82 — 1,265 ratings — published 2011
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The Rural Life The Rural Life (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.89 — 593 ratings — published 2003
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The Disappointment Artist The Disappointment Artist (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.65 — 3,021 ratings — published 2005
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Gift from the Sea Gift from the Sea (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.18 — 52,160 ratings — published 1955
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High Tide in Tucson High Tide in Tucson (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.03 — 12,328 ratings — published 1995
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Music for Chameleons Music for Chameleons (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.07 — 10,002 ratings — published 1980
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Possible Side Effects Possible Side Effects (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.98 — 60,910 ratings — published 2006
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Take the Cannoli Take the Cannoli (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.87 — 21,412 ratings — published 2000
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Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.81 — 856 ratings — published 2003
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Swimming to Cambodia Swimming to Cambodia (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.15 — 1,576 ratings — published 1985
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Monster in a Box Monster in a Box (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.05 — 759 ratings — published 1992
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Where Am I Now? Where Am I Now? (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.87 — 36,479 ratings — published 2016
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Life Among the Savages Life Among the Savages (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.05 — 7,827 ratings — published 1953
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9 Summers 10 Autumns 9 Summers 10 Autumns (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.50 — 5,022 ratings — published 2011
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Cado-Cado Kuadrat Cado-Cado Kuadrat (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.69 — 595 ratings — published 2013
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Kambing Jantan: Sebuah Catatan Harian Pelajar Bodoh Kambing Jantan: Sebuah Catatan Harian Pelajar Bodoh (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.59 — 18,174 ratings — published 2005
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Sang Pemimpi (Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi, #2) Sang Pemimpi (Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi, #2)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 4.10 — 19,054 ratings — published 2006
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Benabook Benabook (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.78 — 1,041 ratings — published 2013
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The Not-So-Amazing Life of @aMrazing The Not-So-Amazing Life of @aMrazing (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.56 — 885 ratings — published 2012
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Skripshit: Kisah Sesat Mahasiswa Abadi Skripshit: Kisah Sesat Mahasiswa Abadi (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.69 — 2,111 ratings — published 2012
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Manusia Setengah Salmon Manusia Setengah Salmon (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as personal-essay)
avg rating 3.71 — 6,808 ratings — published 2011
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“Writing is mental exercise and the preeminent method to train the mind to achieve a desirable state of mental quietude. Meditative writing, a single pointed concentration of mental activity, induces an altered state of consciousness. Writing is studious rumination, a means to converse with our personal muse. Writing entails a period of forced solitude that enables us to meet and conduct a searching conversation with our authentic self. This contemplative dialogue with our true self is transformational. Writing is not a mere act but a journey of the mind into heretofore-unknown frontiers of the self.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“The womb of the world births us. My filth comes from the same earthwork that gives rise to all stories. My interior light connects me with all the other creatures that inhabit this world of rocks, air, grass, woods, and water. My genetic code links me inextricably with all of nature. I enter the medley in the river of life with the ability to respond as life unfolds before my childlike eyes. My homemade medicinal poultice might not be of any benefit to other people. Nonetheless, we should each write our stories because each of us aims to attain a greater degree of awareness of our own authenticity. We owe a moral obligation to our family, friends, and ourselves as well as to the community to make a determined effort to wring the most out of life. We must applaud all efforts to investigate the human condition. Even if my writing amounts to nothing more than a clumsy attempt to travel the same tracks other people burnished with much more insight, clarity, precision, and style, it is an act of self-definition to ascribe to any philosophy. Philosophy represents a living charter; it is a life of action.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

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