The Best American Essays, edited by Cheryl Strayed, is an anthology worth reading if you enjoy the strictly personal narrative. And, although the essays in the collection offer a wide breadth of writing approaches, there's a sameness to them that makes the 2013 collection less than rewarding.
The collection has a round up the usual suspects feel to it, as the essayists deal with the all-too-familiar and the all-too-ordinary.
A few of the essays in the collection come close to home runs. Kevin Sampsell's essay "I'm Jumping Off the Bridge," in which a suicidal customer turns a rather ordinary day on its heels by walking into a bookstore to commit suicide, and in turn connects with a clerk whose life the suicidal man saves several months later.
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