Tan tells the story of how her mother’s way of speaking English as an immigrant from China changed the way people viewed her intelligence.
The prolific nonfiction essay and fiction writer travels to the Maine Lobster Festival to write a piece for Gourmet Magazine.
But she doesn’t know exactly what that inheritance is.
Ford describes the experience of getting to know her father after he’s been in prison for almost all of her life.
In this famous essay, Orwell bemoans how politics have corrupted the English language by making it more vague, confusing, and boring.
The famously funny personal essay author, writes about a distinctly unfunny topic of tobacco addiction and his own journey as a smoker. Smith explores the difference between pleasure and joy by closely examining moments of both, including eating a delicious egg sandwich, taking drugs at a concert, and falling in love.
One woman describes her history with difficult fitting room experiences culminating in one catastrophe that will change the way she hopes to identify herself through clothes.
La Marche examines her changing feelings about her own differently sized breasts.
The author of We Should All Be Feminists writes a short essay explaining the danger of believing men and woman are equal only under certain conditions.
A 96-year-old woman discusses her shifting attitude towards death from her childhood in the 1920s when death was a taboo subject, to World War 2 until the present day.