Whether you want to read up on life-changing meals, most memorable concerts, or pretty much any other topic you can imagine, there's an essay collection for you. Here's a stack to get you started:


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About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope
(Plume, $15), edited by Jessica Berger Gross



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Death by Pad Thai: And Other Unforgettable Meals
(Three Rivers Press, $14), edited by Douglas Bauer



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The Honeymoon's Over: True Stories of Love, Marriage, and Divorce
(Warner Books, $25), edited by Andrea Chapin and Sally Wofford-Girand



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How I Learned to Cook: Culinary Educations from the World's Greatest Chefs
(Bloomsbury USA, $25), edited by Kimberley Witherspoon and Peter Meehan



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I Married My Mother-in-Law: And Other Tales of In-Laws We Can't Live With - and Can't Live Without
(Riverhead Books, $14), edited by Ilena Silverman



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It's a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths about Life in Your Twenties
(5 Spot, $13), edited by Emily Franklin



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Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion
(Three Rivers Press, $15), edited by Daniel Jones



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Mr. Wrong: Real-Life Stories about the Men We Used to Love
(Ballantine Books, $25), edited by Harriet Brown