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Ah, you’re back. Good! Thank you for helping me formulate a reading list for the next semester in my . As regular readers know, I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Nonfiction. Last semester I thoroughly enjoyed my list, which included collections of great personal essays, award-winning travel literature, and a few other selections.

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An authentic voice: Great personal essays draw on the power of your spoken voice. In admissions when you find one of those great essays, you want to read it out loud, and when you read it out loud to others they laugh or cry or shake their head. Very few 5-paragraph essays elicit that visceral response! But great stories always inspire action: drawing on memories, and the emotional power of memory, stories make both the storyteller and the reader want to do something.


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Great personal essays written by everyone: Muhammad Ali, Amy Tan, high school students, retirees

It is in this context and environment that today my organization—the Center for American Progress—and PolicyLink released ; a new book that examines the material consequences of these shifting demographics. In addition to policy chapters, there are some great personal essays by the likes of author of The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander, actress America Ferrera, and president of the Children’s Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman. The book makes the case that in order to take advantage of our growing diversity; we must prevent existing inequalities from widening, aim to close them entirely, and recognize how increasing diversity should be understood as an economic opportunity to be fully embraced.