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Letter to a Stranger
Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us | Colleen Kinder
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A celebration of the adventure that is other people. Ariel Levy, author of The Rules Do Not Apply Lauren Groff, Elizabeth Kolbert, Pam Houston, Pico Iyer, T Kira Madden, Gregory Pardlo, Maggie Shipstead, and Peter Orner are among the 65 writers who grapple with this mystery: How can an ephemeral encounter leave an eternal mark? When Colleen Kinder put out a call for authors to write a letter to a stranger who haunts you, she opened the floodgates. The responsesintimate and addictive, all in the form of letters, all written in the second personbegan pouring in. These short, insightful essays by todays best literary minds are organized around such themes as Gratitude, Wonder, and Farewell, and guide us both across the globe and through the mysteries of human connection. Bestselling author Leslie Jamison, who provides the foreword, reveals she has been haunted for years by a traveling magician she met in Nicaragua. Journalist Ted Conover writes his missive to a stranger he met on a New Yorker assignment in Rwanda. From the story of Vanessa Huas shoe shopper in China to the tale of Michelle Teas encounter in a Texas tattoo parlor, these pieces are replete with observations about how to live and what to seek, and how a strangers loaded glance, shared smile, or question posed can alter the course of our lives. Moving and unforgettable, Letter to a Stranger is an irresistible read for any literary traveler and the perfect gift for anyone who is haunted by a person they met once but will remember forever.
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TheReadingRaccoon
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From brief everyday encounters to longer intense interactions these letters “to a stranger” cover everything including love, loss, collisions and dodged bullets. And with locations from all over the world you will walk away from this book with some serious travel envy. I highly recommend To A Stranger to memoir, essay and non-fiction fans that like reading about real people reflecting on their lives.

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EKonrad
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This was such an interesting premise - having writers compose a letter to a stranger who impacted their life in some way. However, the collection felt bogged down about halfway through with stories that were too similar. Perhaps a shorter compilation would have been better. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5 #arc

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/03/26/letter-to-a-stranger-book-review/

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quietjenn
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Started this as office lunch reading. Short pieces seen pretty ideal for that!

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