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Letter to a stranger : essays to the ones who haunt us / edited by Colleen Kinder ; foreword by Leslie Jamison.

Kinder, Colleen, (editor.). Jamison, Leslie, 1983- (writer of foreword.).

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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2 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 910.4 LET (Text) 33500013590070 New Checked out 06/07/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781643751245
  • ISBN: 1643751247
  • Physical Description: xix, 308 pages : map ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2022.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword / by Leslie Jamison -- Introduction / by Colleen Kinder -- Symmetry -- To the Traveling Magician, GRANADA, NICARAGUA / Leslie Jamison -- To the Woman Who Found Me Crying Outside the Senate, WASHINGTON, DC / Rachel Swearingen -- To the Father Paused Under the Tree, GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA / Anjali Sachdeva -- To My Lost Trishaw Driver, MANDALAY, MYANMAR / Pico Iyer -- To the Child on the Plane, THE CASCADES, OREGON / Lia Purpura -- To My Arctic Vardoger, PYRAMIDEN, NORWAY / Alexander Lumans -- To the Girl in the Tattoo Parlor, DALLAS, TEXAS / Michelle Tea -- To the Face in the Subway Glass, BERLIN, GERMANY / Annie Schweikert -- Mystery -- To the Loner at High Altitude, TRES CRUCES, PERU / Elizabeth Kolbert -- To the First Responder After the Storm, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA / David Parker Jr. -- To the Boy Who Climbed onto My Hammock, MAZUNTE, MEXICO / Emily Matchar -- To the Man I Believe Was Good, PALERMO, ITALY / Lauren Groff -- To the Man Who Saw Cobras Dance, AUROVILLE, INDIA / Meera Subramanian -- To the Woman Who Wanted to Go Shoe Shopping, XI'AN, CHINA / Vanessa Hua -- To the Chatty Man Who Pierced the Quiet, CANAAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE / Peter Orner -- To the Boo Radley of My Childhood, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA / Madelaine Lucas -- To the Grandfather I Hardly Knew, SICILY, ITALY / Peter Turchi -- To My Grandmother, c/o the Mush Hole, TSI KANATÁHERE / Amber Meadow Adams -- Chemistry -- To the Girl at the Riverbend, BAKER RIVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE / Howard Axelrod -- To the Stranger in My Family, BETHESDA, MARYLAND / Kiki Petrosino -- To the Man Who Spoke with His Hands, SOUTH CHINA SEA / Ying Reinhardt -- To the Taxi Driver Who Looped Back to Get Me, PARIS, FRANCE / Irina Reyn -- To the Woman Whose Shoulder I Slept On, NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON / Naomi Gordon-Loebl -- To the Source Who Kept Changing Costume, DHAHRAN, SAUDI ARABIA / Keija Parssinen -- To Father of the Baby with the Brain Freeze, TUCSON, ARIZONA / Margo Steines -- To the Inescapable Teacher, PARAKOU, BENIN / Erica Cavanagh -- To the Gambler I Met in Jury Duty, CHINATOWN, NEW YORK CITY / Jenessa Abrams -- To the Stranger from the Silver Hour, ROCAMADOUR, FRANCE / Colleen Kinder -- Gratitude -- To the Pharmacist on Futong West Street, BEIJING, CHINA / Monet Patrice Thomas -- To the Woman Who Spared Me an Orange, OAXACA, MEXICO / Sarah Menkedick -- To the Driver I Followed, INTERSTATE 40, NORTH CAROLINA / Matthew Olzmann -- To the Man Who Sold Me Shoddy Film, HARAR, ETHIOPIA / Meron Hadero -- To Sandals Man, AN AIRPORT TERMINAL, CENTRAL CHINA / Craig Mod -- To the Driver Who Was Not Godfrey, KAMPALA, UGANDA / Raksha Vasudevan -- To the Waiter Who Left Me a Tip, BEYOĞLU DISTRICT, ISTANBUL, TURKEY / Michael Agresta -- To the Doctor I Never Thanked, TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK / Aria Beth Sloss -- To the Woman Who Walked Beside Me, YONKERS, NEW YORK / Sarah Perry -- To the Drunk Mr. Flunchy, AVIGNON, FRANCE / Gregory Pardlo -- Wonder -- To the Seller of Breadcrumbs, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / Cutter Wood -- To the Woman on the Park Bench, CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY / Aviya Kushner -- To My Steadfast Danish Soldier, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK / Julie Lunde -- To the Young German Horsewoman, Chosen to Help with Řttir, OBYGGDASETUR ISLANDS, ICELAND / Pam Houston -- To the Lady of the Platform, NEW YORK, NEW YORK / Jacquelyn Mitchard -- To the Italian Whose Name I Lost, FLORENCE, ITALY / Julia Glass -- To the Traveler Who Hid Cash in Her Underwear, RWANDA-TANZANIA BORDER / Ted Conover -- To the Lady of the Blackberries, HAPPY CAMP, CALIFORNIA / Kelly Ramsey -- Remorse -- To the Logari Who Asked About the Sun, LOGAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN / Jamil Jan Kochai -- To the Roomful of Travelers Watching Reality TV, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA / Anna Vodicka -- To Mario, 26-Year-Old Bestie to My 78-Year-Old Mom, SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON / Faith Adiele -- To the Son of the Victim, SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA / Sophie Haigney -- To the Woman with the Restraining Order, HOODSPORT, WASHINGTON / Meg Charlton -- To the Woman We Met Before the Flood, PAI, THAILAND / Maggie Shipstead -- To the Servant Girl Who Shared My Toys, KARACHI, PAKISTAN / Sheba Karim -- To the Keeper of the Fawn, CHISAGO CITY, MINNESOTA / Sally Franson -- To the Woman Harboring a Gringo, SAN ISIDRO DEL GENERAL, COSTA RICA / Jesse Donaldson -- Farewell -- To the Poet Who Disappeared, OKINAWA, JAPAN / Akemi Johnson -- To the Woman in the Earrings, PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS / T Kira Madden -- To the Protagonist of a Too-Short Story, US ROUTE 17, NEW YORK / Carlynn Houghton -- To the Follower of Cheikh Bamba, DAKAR, SENEGAL / Emmanuel Iduma -- To the Father of the Lost Chilean Son, CHILEAN BASE, ANTARCTICA / Carin Clevidence -- To the Man Who Had a Wife, COSHOCTON, OHIO / Rachel Yoder -- To the One Who Was Supposed to Get Away, KO PHA NGAN, THAILAND / Lavinia Spalding -- To the Stranger My Doctor Heard All About, PORTLAND, OREGON / Robin Romm -- To the Deliveryman Who Gave Me a Lift, CARACAS, VENEZUELA / Lucas Mann -- To the Girl I Didn't Love on the Last Bus Home, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA / Jeremy B. Jones.
Summary, etc.:
"An anthology of short, intimate second-person essays by a diverse range of writers, each honoring a fleeting encounter with a stranger met while traveling that left a profound and lasting impact; with a foreword by bestselling author Leslie Jamison"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 October #1
    Wanting to share her own experience and learn about the experiences of others, Kinder invited more than 60 fellow writers to draft a letter to that one stranger who haunts them, that singular person met only once but never forgotten. The use of seven intriguingly titled thematic sections—Symmetry, Mystery, Chemistry, Gratitude, Wonder, Remorse, and Farewell—brings together similarly themed letters that benefit by sharing a focus. But this isn't meant to be a required reading approach; the letters can be read in any order, including a random selection, without losing their impact. While all are fairly brief, the tone and style reflect the range of contributors, from Lauren Groff to Vanessa Hua, Emmanuel Iduma to Pico Iyer. Perhaps one of the best features of this book is how the reader may discover a letter that evokes one response today and a new, different response on another day, making this a collection that can be read more than once and feel new each time. Readers looking for quiet contemplation as well as conversation starters will find equal satisfaction in these pages. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 October #1
    Wanting to share her own experience and learn about the experiences of others, Kinder invited more than 60 fellow writers to draft a letter to that one stranger who haunts them, that singular person met only once but never forgotten. The use of seven intriguingly titled thematic sections—Symmetry, Mystery, Chemistry, Gratitude, Wonder, Remorse, and Farewell—brings together similarly themed letters that benefit by sharing a focus. But this isn't meant to be a required reading approach; the letters can be read in any order, including a random selection, without losing their impact. While all are fairly brief, the tone and style reflect the range of contributors, from Lauren Groff to Vanessa Hua, Emmanuel Iduma to Pico Iyer. Perhaps one of the best features of this book is how the reader may discover a letter that evokes one response today and a new, different response on another day, making this a collection that can be read more than once and feel new each time. Readers looking for quiet contemplation as well as conversation starters will find equal satisfaction in these pages. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Voyages and travels.
Memory.
Self-actualization (Psychology)
journeys.
Memory.
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Voyages and travels.
Voyages and travels.
Memory.
Self-realization.
Genre: Essay
essays.
Essays.
Essays.

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