For the essay lovers' holiday gift list, picks from Brooke Wonders & Jacqueline Doyle
I (and everyone else) loved D'Ambrosio's Loitering, especially the essay "Visiting Hell," on visiting an evangelical haunted house. Brian Oliu's lyric essay collection Leave Luck to Heaven also deserves a mention.
Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Stephen D. Gutierrez, The Mexican Man in his Backyard: Stories and Essays
Judith Kitchen, Half in Shade: Family, Photography, and Fate