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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays

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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays

From the "astounding" (Entertainment Weekly), "spectacularly evocative" (The Atlantic) and "brilliant" (Los Angeles Times) author of the New York Times bestsellers THE RECOVERING and THE EMPATHY EXAMS comes a return to the essay form in this expansive book.

With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the 14 essays in MAKE IT SCREAM, MAKE IT BURN explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.

Among Jamison's subjects are 52 Blue, deemed "the loneliest whale in the world"; the eerie past-life memories of children; the devoted citizens of an online world called Second Life; the haunted landscape of the Sri Lankan Civil War; and an entire museum dedicated to the relics of broken relationships. Jamison follows these examinations to more personal reckonings --- with elusive men and ruptured romances, with marriage and maternity --- in essays about eloping in Las Vegas, becoming a stepmother and giving birth.

Often compared to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, and widely considered one of the defining voices of her generation, Jamison interrogates her own life with the same nuance and rigor she brings to her subjects. The result is a provocative reminder of the joy and sustenance that can be found in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays
by Leslie Jamison

  • Publication Date: October 20, 2020
  • Genres: Essays, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN-10: 0316259659
  • ISBN-13: 9780316259651