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 fir 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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Genres:Writing
ISBN:1328764524
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Reviews

  • sharon
    May 08, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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 ...

    I want a Rose garden now ...

    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. ...

    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

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

  • Ken
    Jun 30, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

  • Laura
    May 06, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

  • Thomas
    Jun 22, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

  • Vivek Tejuja
    Jan 30, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Columbus
    Jul 05, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

  • Erica
    Jan 29, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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 ...

    I want a Rose garden now ...

    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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Erika Dreifus
    Apr 05, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

  • Ming
    Sep 26, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jan 25, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

  • Christina
    Mar 11, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

  • Bookoisseur
    Apr 17, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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 ...

    I want a Rose garden now ...

    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. ...

  • David
    Oct 01, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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 ...

    I want a Rose garden now ...

    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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

    I remember the author from back when he lived in San Francisco, around the time I moved there, so I planned to read this book at some point. But I kind of assumed I'd wait until my next trip to SF, so it was fun to find it on the new arrivals shelf in the library here in Worthington, O...

  • Richard Gilbert
    May 24, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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 ...

    I want a Rose garden now ...

    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. ...

    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...

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

  • Dominique
    May 18, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

  • Beatrice
    Aug 24, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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 ...

    I want a Rose garden now ...

    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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

    I remember the author from back when he lived in San Francisco, around the time I moved there, so I planned to read this book at some point. But I kind of assumed I'd wait until my next trip to SF, so it was fun to find it on the new arrivals shelf in the library here in Worthington, O...

    This was so, so good. ...

  • Joseph Cassara
    May 21, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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 ...

  • Katie Devine
    May 01, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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...

  • Michael
    May 15, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

  • Monika
    Feb 18, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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 ...

    I want a Rose garden now ...

    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. ...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Christina
    Sep 08, 2018

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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 ...

    "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 ...

    An enjoyable collection of 1st-person POV essays, many of them related to the writing life (or, as they say in the Christmas Carol trade, related to the "hopes and fears of all the years"). It opens with a strong piece about an exchange student program Chee partook of with a wealth...

    ?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...

    like a glass of water for my heart ...

    "...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...

    Not every essay in this collection is explicitly "about" writing, but those that are are the ones that I fell into most gracefully. (I have killed every plant I've ever been given/tried to raise, so maybe I just bear too great a sense of guilt to embrace "The Rosary," for example, as b...

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

    These were an engaging series of essays. Each told a story and did so beautifully, poetically. I particularly appreciated the insights into Chee's life and to his take on writing. I liked "The Autobiography of My Novel" the best. A few quotes: You are the only one of you, she sai...

    Alexander Chee writes absolutely beautiful sentences. This is my second go round with Chee after reading his debut novel, Edinburgh. This book of essays is written like a memoir. In fact, the chapters follow in a rather linear order with the first essay The Curse detailing Chee?s tim...

    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 ...

    I want a Rose garden now ...

  • Abdal
    Oct 15, 2017

    My full review can be found on my blog. 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 subj...

    A vulnerable and moving essay collection that kept me up well past midnight thinking about writing, writing, writing. A successful novelist, Alexander Chee shares his personal life in these essays about growing up as both Korean and white, about his work as an activist in the queer com...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...