Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison audiobook

Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays

By Leslie Jamison
Read by Leslie Jamison

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown 9780316259668


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    ISBN: 9781549100192

Runtime: 9.06 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Audience: Adult
Language: English



Finalist for the 2020 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

An Esquire Magazine Pick of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

An Entropy Magazine Pick of Best Nonfiction of the Year

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the 40 Biggest Titles of the Season

An O Magazine Pick of Must-Read Books for Fall

A BookPage Book of the Day selection

A Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Month

From the "astounding" (Entertainment Weekly), "spectacularly evocative" (The Atlantic), and "brilliant" (Los Angeles Times) author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams comes a return to the essay form in this expansive book.

With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays in Make It Scream, Make It Burn explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.

Among Jamison's subjects are 52 Blue, deemed "the loneliest whale in the world"; the eerie past-life memories of children; the devoted citizens of an online world called Second Life; the haunted landscape of the Sri Lankan Civil War; and an entire museum dedicated to the relics of broken relationships. Jamison follows these examinations to more personal reckonings -- with elusive men and ruptured romances, with marriage and maternity -- in essays about eloping in Las Vegas, becoming a stepmother, and giving birth.

Often compared to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, and widely considered one of the defining voices of her generation, Jamison interrogates her own life with the same nuance and rigor she brings to her subjects. The result is a provocative reminder of the joy and sustenance that can be found in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
One of the fall's most anticipated books: Time, Entertainment Weekly, O, Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Esquire, Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, BuzzFeed, BookPage, The Millions, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lit Hub, Women's Day, AV Club, Nylon, Bustle, Goop, Goodreads, Book Riot, Yahoo! Lifestyle, Pacific Standard, The Week, and Romper.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Richly diverse . . . The pieces in Make It Scream, Make It Burn are all written with care and intricacy, drawing readers in and making us care . . . Jamison's observational skills, genuine empathy, and lack of sentimentality create an intelligent blending of journalism, scholarship, and memoir. Pam Kingsbury, Library Journal
"Leslie Jamison is a master of blending memoir, criticism and journalism...[her] characteristic fusion of the intellectual and emotional is in full force here, cementing comparisons of her work to that of Joan Didion and Susan Sontag."—Christy Lynch, Bookpage
"Even as she documents the experiences of others--Sri Lankan soldiers, Second Life superusers, eminent writers and photographers--Jamison is keenly aware of how her personal experiences shape the way she reports their stories. It's this knowledge that propels the collection, along with her rejection of cynicism in favor of being open to new ideas and experiences, no matter how foreign they may seem."—Maris Kreizman, Pacific Standard
Jamison is one of my favorite working essayists...[In] Make It Scream, Make It Burn [she] dances between the personal, the critical, and the observational, showing her deftness when it comes to each form. Jeva Lange, The Week
As riveting as ever, Jamison's writing elicited within me many of the same responses I felt while reading her previous essay collection, The Empathy Exams: enlightenment, amusement, and of course, empathy itself. Zakiya Harris, The Rumpus
"Insightful and searching, exciting and staggering. Jamison interweaves memoir, journalism, and cultural criticism into essays that explore topics like motherhood, romance, and relationships."—Good Housekeeping
"A masterwork...Leslie Jamison has long been known as a force in American writing for both her intellect and empathy...Jamison draws connections to her own life--a challenging dance that can only be pulled off by the most masterful of writers."—Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler
"A roaming, wide-ranging collection, grounded through Jamison's lucid, unflinching prose, leading to a singularly empathetic, moving reading experience."—Nylon
"To fortify and enlarge the world through eloquence--apt descriptions of Jamison's new collection...Another wonderful book from this gifted writer."—The Millions
"Lyrical...There is something distinctly empowering in...Jamison's employment of the self--in [her] collapsing of the theoretical and the experienced."—Katherine Lucky, Commonweal Magazine
"In her new essay collection, Jamison allows herself to roam beyond the boundaries of one issue, and instead latches her powerful, precise observations to a number of unconventional topics."—Cristina Arreola, Bustle
If you ever need to be reminded of the potential of the essay and why essay collections matter or if you just want to get excited about one, read Leslie Jamison...In Make It Scream, Make it Burn, three of the most poignant and personal essays come in the final section: one on Jamison's own marriage...A brilliant exploration of what it means to be a stepmother...and the last, an essay on giving birth that flips back and forth between Jamison's pregnancy and an eating disorder that marked her earlier experiences of her body. Goop
If you loved The Empathy Exams and The Recovering, you'll devour Leslie Jamison's new collection of essays about obsession and longing. From thoughts on Civil War photography to a museum dedicated to breakups, her insightful, thought-provoking writing shines brightly throughout. Yahoo! Lifestyle
Jamison interrogates a variety of fascinating subjects, including her own life, in her praiseworthy second essay collection... Make It Scream, Make It Burn confirms the praise heaped on 2014's The Empathy Exams for her uncanny ability to blend perceptive reportage with intensely personal essays in consistently fresh, dynamic prose. Harvey Freedenberg, Shelf Awareness
"Leslie Jamison is a writer of supreme eloquence and intelligence who deftly combines journalistic, critical and memoiristic approaches to produce essays that linger long in the memory."—LitHub
"Jamison has emerged as a giant in the world of creative nonfiction. She returns with a beautifully compiled collection of essays reflecting on obsession and longing."—Entertainment Weekly
Stunning...Essential...Make It Scream, Make It Burn expands on the efforts of The Empathy Exams...Here we see the territory Jamison's writing inhabits: self-questioning while at the same time empathetic, dubious and credible at once...What Jamison is after is a kind of radical honesty: the ongoing inquiry of a mind at work. That this is not a new issue, but infuses all her writing, is the whole idea...For Jamison, interaction comes with all sorts of risk, not least that in getting close to other people, we can't help but leave ourselves exposed. Still, what other choice do we have? To be human is to be vulnerable. David L. Ulin, Four Columns
"Magnetizing and thought-provoking...An edgy spirit of inquiry, a penchant for sharing personal experiences, and incandescent writing skills make Jamison an exciting premier essayist."—Donna Seaman, Booklist
"In a full-themed essay collection, Leslie Jamison breaks down doors on love, loss, birth, motherhood and more...The collection boasts joy among the rubble of life's biggest challenges."—Newsweek
These perceptive essays demonstrate that the best-selling author of The Empathy Exams continues to explore the limits of human connections. Elle
"A dazzling collection about the outer reaches of human connection...Acute in her analysis and nourishing in her observations, Jamison is at the height of her powers here as she investigates what we owe one another."—Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire
"Razor-sharp...Leslie Jamison has been hailed as the newborn lovechild of Joan Didion and Susan Sontag. Even for a writer without Jamison's generous helpings of talent and success, it can't be an easy thing to live up to. And yet, she does, and then some...The essays are reported, but also confessional, weaving the realities of disparate others onto Jamison's own experiences to create something rich, human and, at moments, so smart and revealing the reader finds herself gasping."—Samantha Shoech, San Francisco Chronicle
Jamison has emerged as a definitive chronicler of human connection and the beauty of mundanity...With this brilliant new collection that rigorously interrogates the human condition, Leslie Jamisonaffirms why she's the essayist of the moment. David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
“A beautifully compiled collection…reflecting on obsession and longing.” Entertainment Weekly
"Lovely and evocative...Most of these essays are heavyweight boxers."—New York Times Book Review
Intelligent and vibrant...Make It Scream, Make It Burn tackles the all-too-human topic of yearning and its oft-corollary, obsession. Both gurgle beneath the writer's sonorous and captivating prose. Janet Kinosian, Los Angeles Times
"Leslie Jamison's astonishingly formidable, restless intellect has gifted us two monumental works of nonfiction...Here, she turns her exacting eye on subjects such as the loneliest whale in the world and a Croatian museum filled with the effluvia of failed relationships."—O, The Oprah Magazine
"Provocative...compassionate, curious and humble...Jamison acknowledges that she has skin in the game, and her wise, urgent writing is stronger for it."—Chris Hewitt, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Illuminating and ruminative...Jamison is positively brilliant when penetrating a subject and unraveling its layers of meaning...Fans of the author's unique brand of perceptiveness will be delighted."—Publishers Weekly
"Like the glass in a kaleidoscope, Jamison's fine-tuned attention seems capable of refracting whatever subject it touches. When I finally looked up from the page it was with a renewed sense of wonder."—Cornelia Channing, The Paris Review
"A pleasure to read. We can see Jamison let go of her carefully wrought personal narrative and open herself to the unknown."—Sheila McClear, Washington Post
“The author…wages a journalistic battle between sentiment and detachment.” New York Times
“[A] cocktail of memoir, journalism, and cultural criticism in this dazzling collection…[that] investigates what we owe one another.” Esquire
“The essays…are fabulously quirky and unconventional…The nonfiction collection tackles the all-too-human topic of yearning and its oft-corollary, obsession. Both gurgle beneath the writer’s sonorous and captivating prose.” Los Angeles Times
“This blew my mind. There is a short story about reincarnation that is so fascinating and such a delicious read.” Belletrist
“If you ever need to be reminded of the potential of the essay and why essay collections matter…read Leslie Jamison. Her new book is a collection of fourteen essays that blend memoir with literary criticism and reporting and cultural history.” Goop
“Richly diverse…Jamison’s observational skills, genuine empathy, and lack of sentimentality create an intelligent blending of journalism, scholarship, and memoir.” Library Journal
“Illuminating and ruminative…Jamison is positively brilliant when penetrating a subject and unraveling its layers of meaning…Fans of the author’s unique brand of perceptiveness will be delighted.” Publishers Weekly



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Author Bio: Leslie Jamison

Author Bio: Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison is an author whose novel, The Gin Closet, was a Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize finalist and San Francisco Chronicle notable book of 2010. Her bestselling essay collection, The Empathy Exams, was named a New York Times Notable Book and a “Best Book” by NPR. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, 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. was born in Washington DC and grew up in Los Angeles. She has attended Harvard University, Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and Yale University. She teaches at Columbia University.

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Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 9.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English