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Leslie Jamison


Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison is the author of the essay collection THE EMPATHY EXAMS, a New York Times bestseller, and the novel THE GIN CLOSET, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and the Oxford American, among others, and she is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Leslie Jamison

Books by Leslie Jamison

by Leslie Jamison - Cultural Studies, Memoir, Nonfiction

Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction --- both her own and others' --- and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill. At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence --- including Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson and David Foster Wallace --- as well as brilliant lesser-known figures, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here.

by Leslie Jamison - Cultural Studies, Essays, Nonfiction

Drawing  from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, Leslie Jamison’s essays span wide-ranging territory --- from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration --- in their search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.