The 40-plus essays will span art, literature, and politics, with topics from Virginia Woolf and James Baldwin to President Obama and Boko Haram. The collection will include pre-published essays that have gone viral, like “The White Industrial Savior Complex,” first published in The Atlantic.

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25 Mar 2017
8.0
The latest book from Teju Cole is a collection of essays, put out over a number of years, from various magazines and loosely arranged into three categories: reading, seeing and travel. While it would be easy to find the essays disjointed no matter ho ...
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Australian Book Review

25 Mar 2017
7.0
In the opening piece of his book of collected essays, the novelist and photography critic Teju Cole feels briefly possessed by the spirit of James Baldwin who, like him, travelled outside the United States as a black writer. In every encounter, from ...
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New York Review of Boo

25 Mar 2017
8.0
Teju Cole is a kind of realm. He has written three books—two exceptional novels and the volume of essays to be considered here—as well as many uncollected essays, interviews, newspaper columns, and a vast online oeuvre made up of skeins of tweets ...
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The Guardian

25 Mar 2017
8.0
Publishing can be a cliquish and incestuous business; it is not uncommon for writers from the same agencies and publishers to review each other. So let me state upfront that Teju Cole and I have the same publisher, Faber, who have put out his new ess ...
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New York Times

25 Mar 2017
8.0
Teju Cole’s captivating and lauded novels, “Open City” and “Every Day Is for the Thief,” reflect his identity as a writer with a global perspective — born in the United States and raised in Nigeria. His international access as an author, ...
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazett

25 Mar 2017
6.0
Nigerian-American photographer and art historian Teju Cole is known for two impressionistic novellas, “Open City” and “Every Day Is for the Thief,” whose narrators wander the streets of Manhattan or Lagos in search of self-knowledge. With a s ...

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Publisher:

Random House

ISBN:

978-0-812-98978-6

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay Nominee, Shortlisted (2017)
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Nominee (2017)

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