Simply incredible! Jamison combines the direct, heart wrenching emotional truth of Joan Didion with the referential wealth & intellectual rigour of David Foster Wallace. The essays in here range from the personal to the global; medical acting, ultra marathons, poverty tourism both within America and abroad, and the history of artificial sugars. Discovering the world of essays and creative non-fiction changed me as a reader and this I the perfect place to start. Engaging, heartfelt and intriguing.
Other suggestions: Eula Biss “On Immunity” and “Notes from No Man's Land”, Valeria Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd