How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist?and how we form our identities in life and in art. As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as ?masterful? by Roxane Gay, ?incendiary? by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by the Washington Post. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his fi From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, ...

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Title:How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays
Author:Alexander Chee
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ISBN:1328764524
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Reviews

  • sharon
    May 08, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

  • Carolee Wheeler
    Apr 19, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

  • Alvin
    Jun 01, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

    This book does the magic of good nonfiction?it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. ...

    Essential A treat as much as medicine, Chee's collection of essays has won me over, and made me a better reader and admirer of his work. ...

    These essays cover Chee's bicultural upbringing, AIDS activism, rose gardening, childhood sexual abuse, novel writing, and meteoric ascent within The Literary Industrial Complex. Despite a slight tendency towards earnestness and verbosity, this is a thoughtful, intelligent, and importa...

  • Morgan
    May 10, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

  • Melissa
    Dec 27, 2017

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

  • Laura
    May 06, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

  • Dana
    Mar 05, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

  • Vivek Tejuja
    Jan 30, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

  • Erica
    Jan 29, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

  • Caroline
    May 06, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

    This book does the magic of good nonfiction?it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. ...

    Essential A treat as much as medicine, Chee's collection of essays has won me over, and made me a better reader and admirer of his work. ...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jan 25, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

  • Tiffany Reisz
    May 06, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

  • Christopher Alonso
    May 29, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

    This book does the magic of good nonfiction?it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. ...

    Essential A treat as much as medicine, Chee's collection of essays has won me over, and made me a better reader and admirer of his work. ...

    These essays cover Chee's bicultural upbringing, AIDS activism, rose gardening, childhood sexual abuse, novel writing, and meteoric ascent within The Literary Industrial Complex. Despite a slight tendency towards earnestness and verbosity, this is a thoughtful, intelligent, and importa...

    Reading this felt a lot like reading Anne Patchett's This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, but from a perspective that I can relate to more easily. Less of a married straight white woman perspective (a fine perspective, but also one that is less accessible to me), and with more honest...

    This is like having a private conversation over the anxieties and joys of writing, how experiences, no matter how big or small, can shape you in ways you don?t realize. Wowowowow. ...

  • Christina
    Mar 11, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

  • Bookoisseur
    Apr 17, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

  • Richard Gilbert
    May 24, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

  • Mason Neil
    Apr 25, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

    This book does the magic of good nonfiction?it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. ...

    Essential A treat as much as medicine, Chee's collection of essays has won me over, and made me a better reader and admirer of his work. ...

    These essays cover Chee's bicultural upbringing, AIDS activism, rose gardening, childhood sexual abuse, novel writing, and meteoric ascent within The Literary Industrial Complex. Despite a slight tendency towards earnestness and verbosity, this is a thoughtful, intelligent, and importa...

    Reading this felt a lot like reading Anne Patchett's This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, but from a perspective that I can relate to more easily. Less of a married straight white woman perspective (a fine perspective, but also one that is less accessible to me), and with more honest...

  • Lisa Eckstein
    Feb 06, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

    This book does the magic of good nonfiction?it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. ...

    Essential A treat as much as medicine, Chee's collection of essays has won me over, and made me a better reader and admirer of his work. ...

    These essays cover Chee's bicultural upbringing, AIDS activism, rose gardening, childhood sexual abuse, novel writing, and meteoric ascent within The Literary Industrial Complex. Despite a slight tendency towards earnestness and verbosity, this is a thoughtful, intelligent, and importa...

    Reading this felt a lot like reading Anne Patchett's This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, but from a perspective that I can relate to more easily. Less of a married straight white woman perspective (a fine perspective, but also one that is less accessible to me), and with more honest...

    This is like having a private conversation over the anxieties and joys of writing, how experiences, no matter how big or small, can shape you in ways you don?t realize. Wowowowow. ...

    This book is insanely good. I devoured it, sneaking in paragraphs at work, unable to let go of it even as I cooked dinner, so intent on finishing it by day's end. "Unique" doesn't fully capture what the essays collected here embody, although they are that, essentially--Alexander Chee i...

    beautiful, exceptional book. ...

    HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL is not a literal how-to guide, but in this collection of essays, Chee explores the how of his own evolution toward maturity, as a writer and as a person. He approaches every subject with impressive honesty and careful consideration, whether he's r...

  • Dominique
    May 18, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

  • Joseph Cassara
    May 21, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

  • Leonor
    May 14, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

    This book does the magic of good nonfiction?it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. ...

    Essential A treat as much as medicine, Chee's collection of essays has won me over, and made me a better reader and admirer of his work. ...

    These essays cover Chee's bicultural upbringing, AIDS activism, rose gardening, childhood sexual abuse, novel writing, and meteoric ascent within The Literary Industrial Complex. Despite a slight tendency towards earnestness and verbosity, this is a thoughtful, intelligent, and importa...

    Reading this felt a lot like reading Anne Patchett's This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, but from a perspective that I can relate to more easily. Less of a married straight white woman perspective (a fine perspective, but also one that is less accessible to me), and with more honest...

    This is like having a private conversation over the anxieties and joys of writing, how experiences, no matter how big or small, can shape you in ways you don?t realize. Wowowowow. ...

    This book is insanely good. I devoured it, sneaking in paragraphs at work, unable to let go of it even as I cooked dinner, so intent on finishing it by day's end. "Unique" doesn't fully capture what the essays collected here embody, although they are that, essentially--Alexander Chee i...

    beautiful, exceptional book. ...

  • Katie Devine
    May 01, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

  • Kevin Bertolero
    Apr 25, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

  • Manuel Betancourt
    May 01, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

  • Courtney Gillette
    May 09, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

  • Michael
    May 15, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

  • s kim
    Apr 17, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

    This book does the magic of good nonfiction?it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. ...

    Essential A treat as much as medicine, Chee's collection of essays has won me over, and made me a better reader and admirer of his work. ...

    These essays cover Chee's bicultural upbringing, AIDS activism, rose gardening, childhood sexual abuse, novel writing, and meteoric ascent within The Literary Industrial Complex. Despite a slight tendency towards earnestness and verbosity, this is a thoughtful, intelligent, and importa...

    Reading this felt a lot like reading Anne Patchett's This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, but from a perspective that I can relate to more easily. Less of a married straight white woman perspective (a fine perspective, but also one that is less accessible to me), and with more honest...

    This is like having a private conversation over the anxieties and joys of writing, how experiences, no matter how big or small, can shape you in ways you don?t realize. Wowowowow. ...

    This book is insanely good. I devoured it, sneaking in paragraphs at work, unable to let go of it even as I cooked dinner, so intent on finishing it by day's end. "Unique" doesn't fully capture what the essays collected here embody, although they are that, essentially--Alexander Chee i...

  • Monika
    Feb 18, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

  • Abdal
    Oct 15, 2017

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

  • Natasha
    May 03, 2018

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee?s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace in these essays, steadily drifting from subject to subject, scene to scene, memory to m...

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not many writers I trust that much. But I do trust Alexander Chee that much and my trust yiel...

    I don?t think I?ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of essays sure to be read and re-read for years to come. As practical advice it delivers. A...

    This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is impossible to overstate just how much I loved these essays! I have waited so long for a book like this?something that could speak to my heart, mind, and soul. If only this were around when I was in high school... I have a feeling ...

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018. Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls. ...

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read for anyone attempting to find and articulate truth on the page. But it's also a must-rea...

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee! ...

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened." lol same bro ...

    ?To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it.? - ?On Becoming an American Writer,? Alexander Chee Y?all, mark 4/24/18 on your calendar, get your pre-order in at your bookseller. Alexander Chee?s new collection of essays is stellar beyond words...

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit ? an exercise in finding out what you really care about. Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your heart, break your heart, and encourage you to pick up the pen to write about your he...

    It is a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to be invited into the mind of a writer of Alexander Chee's caliber. What I most appreciate about these essays is how consistently Chee holds any claims to virtuosity at arm's length. His prose is intensely beautiful, intensely moving, but he also ...

    It isn?t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to sit up, take notice and devour it cover to cover. ?How to Write an Autobiographical N...

    So, so, so, so, so good. ...

    What an astounding collection of essays. The only way I can think to describe it at the moment is just to write the word deeply, over and over again, followed by many other words: deeply beautiful, insightful, generous, courageous, precise, wise, open. Chee writes about writing in a wa...

    i LOVED nearly all of this book, except for the last essay, which i totally hated and wish i could unread (my main issue with the last essay is i think we're still too close, we're still IN the disaster watching it unfold around us, to really even comprehend what's happening, and that ...

    Superb. Read it immediately. Grab a pen, you'll want to mark it up and remember things. It made me cry at least twice on the subway, and once at home. ...

    Chee's novel The Queen of the Night was my favourite book of 2016, so when I heard that he was writing a collection of essays I was very excited. I was even more thrilled when I was approved for the ARC. Chee moves brilliantly and skillfully from his time as an AIDS activist to his att...

    a beautiful collection of essays on writing, identity, activism, & trauma. it?s both completely romantic and absolutely unromantic. i almost want to go back to undergrad and study literature, definitely want to plant a rose garden and throw myself back into writing and art. (c...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    Brave, searching, elegiac essays. I found them thrilling for their artistry, authenticity, stimulating content, and mature tone. ...

    I savored this book. It?s a gift. The Guardians is one of the best essays I?ve ever read. ...

    This book does the magic of good nonfiction?it turns your world inside out and gives you a new story to see in yourself and in others. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. ...