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The Empathy Exams: Essays By Leslie Jamison Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

As I get older, I notice my reading tastes changing, and expanding. After a pretty solid 30 years of reading almost entirely fiction, I've suddenly and unexpectedly swerved into the realm of the real. Non-fiction is what I jones for now, especially essays like these.

Each thoughtful piece in this collection is an examination on empathy-- how we feel for others; how our pain, and the pain of those around us fosters understanding and connectedness. Jamison explores such fascinating and expansive topics that the subject matter alone is enough to reel you in. But it's her experimental form and innovative command of language that are the real stars here.

A new favorite. It's hard to read this and not be altered, moved, awed ...maybe even a better person. Super smart. Super good.