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9 Great Personal Essays for Fall

Posted on August 28, 2019

Iranian author Salar Abdoh, age 18, in Sequoia National Park.

Looking for literature to get students talking and reflecting about their lives, as well as empathizing with the experiences of others? Below, we've listed 9 great personal essays that support those goals, written by authors from around the globe.

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Just Published: Post-Apocalyptic Wales, Uyghur Poems, and More

Posted on August 01, 2019

Award-winning Welsh author Manon Steffan Ros.

"Sometimes I think it's impossible for someone to be as beautiful and ugly as my mother," comments the fourteen-year-old co-narrator of Manon Steffan Ros's award-winning Llyfr Glas Nebo (The Blue Book of Nebo). The novel, translated from the Welsh and excerpted in this month's issue of Words Without Borders, is in the form of dual diary entries from a boy and his mother following a world-ending war.

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