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Author: Megan Stielstra Narrator: Megan Stielstra, Meredith Mitchell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9780062698063
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From an important new American writer comes this powerful collection of personal essays on fear, creativity, art, faith, academia, the Internet, and justice.

In this poignant and inciting collection of literary essays, Megan Stielstra tells stories to ward off fears both personal and universal as she grapples toward a better way to live. In her titular piece “The Wrong Way To Save Your Life,” she answers the question of what has value in our lives—a question no longer rhetorical when the apartment above her family’s goes up in flames. “Here is My Heart” sheds light on Megan’s close relationship with her father, whose continued insistence on climbing mountains despite a series of heart attacks leads the author to dissect deer hearts in a poetic attempt to interrogate her own feelings about mortality. 

Whether she's imagining the implications of open-carry laws on college campuses, recounting the story of going underwater on the mortgage of her first home, or revealing the unexpected pains and joys of marriage and motherhood, Stielstra's work informs, impels, enlightens, and embraces us all. The result is something beautiful—this story, her courage, and, potentially, our own.

Intellectually fierce and viscerally intimate, Megan Stielstra's voice is witty, wise, warm, and above all, achingly human.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Edgy, funny, surprising, a ricochet of wow…The words reach out from the page. They direct us to look, to think, to ask.”

    Chicago Tribune on Once I Was Cool

  • “Reading this book is like listening to stories from a wise, compassionate, and irrepressibly funny friend.”

    Esmé Weijun Wang, author of The Border of Paradise

  • “Stielstra is a masterful essayist.”

    Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Megan Stielstra is the author of the essay collection Once I Was Cool—a Best of 2014 selection at Chicago magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and Salon—and a short story collection, Everyone Remain Calm. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Rumpus, and elsewhere, and she recently joined the New York Times as a contributing opinion writer. A longtime company member with 2nd Story in Chicago, Stielstra tells stories for all sorts of theaters, festivals, and bars including the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Neo-Futurarium, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and regularly with The Paper Machete live news magazine at the Green Mill in Chicago, as well as on Chicago Public Radio, National Public Radio, and Radio National Australia. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.

About the Narrator

Meredith Mitchell is an actress who has performed in such films as Mona Lisa Smile and The Reunion, on stage with Shakespeare & Company and the New Repertory Theatre, and on television on Good Morning America. She received her BA in psychology from Emory University and her MFA in acting from Brandeis University.