Her powerful writing is at once a call to action and an earnest request that we engage in more introspection as a society and as individuals.
Chigozie Obioma unpacks an Igbo proverb that helped him navigate his journey to America from Nigeria.
The closing essay is a heart-breaker. There are wonderful anthologies as well as single-author collections on those subjects below. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.
She recounts her first marriage, her struggle to define herself as a writer in a new language, her decision to become a mother and, finally, her rediscovery and embrace of her family history—a history marked by generations of headstrong women who struggled to choose between their hearts and their homes.
Yet, as many of us have found, things are more complicated than that. Fatimah Asghar describes the flood of memory and emotion triggered by an encounter with an Uber driver from Kashmir.
Chew-Bose is a first-generation Indian-Canadian living in Brooklyn, and her writing allows her a space for self-reflection as she forges links between identity and culture. This series of essays on decisive points throughout that year make the argument that we may be in the midst of an existential crisis of the sort comparable in scale to the Civil War and the Great Depression, both of which forced the country to reinvent itself.
These writers, and the many others in this singular collection, share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong.
Mehra writes candidly about her efforts to protect and shelter Shiv from racial slurs on the playground and from intrusive questions by strangers while educating her child on the realities and dangers of being black in America. Below you will find essays of all types: lyrical, political, humorous, personal, literary, cultural, and more.
Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar.
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