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The Empathy Exams: Essays
The Empathy Exams Essays
Author: Leslie Jamison
From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction PrizeA Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014 — Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, L...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781555976712
ISBN-10: 1555976719
Publication Date: 4/1/2014
Pages: 256
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Publisher: Graywolf Press
Book Type: Paperback
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One of my favorite books in recent memory. I saw so much of myself in these essays I felt as though Jamison had carved open a window into my chest that she kept glancing into as she wrote. I had read the title essay last year before starting the collection and was so happy to find that I loved the rest of the stories in the book just as much. The weakest for me was probably In Defense of Saccharin(e), just because it devolved a bit too much into the abstractions of language and was a little lacking in the deeply personal touch the other essays have, but "weakest" is a relative term here. I'm not a writer so I feel like any review I leave on this won't cover my respect for and connection with this book. Read it.