The Empathy Exams

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The Empathy Exams
256 pages; Graywolf Press
The Essays That Read Like a Bring-You-to-Your-Knees Memoir

This raw, fast-moving collection of autobiographical essays looks at how we can—and can't—understand and absorb the feelings of others. Traveling from prisons to hospitals to drug-cartel-controlled Mexican towns and an extreme ultramarathon in West Virginia, Leslie Jamison reveals not only the possibilities of the human heart and mind, but also manages to create the very feeling in a reader that she so astutely searches for as a writer: empathy. An intellectual—and emotional—triumph.
— Leigh Newman