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13 Of Our Favorite Personal Essays We Published This Year

A woman who confronted her abusive stepfather. A man who bought a house in Detroit for $500. A 33-year-old who suffered and survived a stroke. Reflections on love, loss, and life in these great essays.

Why I Bought a House in Detroit For $500 — Drew Philp

When the Monster Saves You — Ashley C. Ford

The Worst Day of My Life Is Now New York's Hottest Tourist Attraction — Steve Kandell

Try to Leave Me If You Can — Katherine Faw Morris

I Was Sure Freezing My Eggs Would Solve Everything — Doree Shafrir

The Sad, Strange, True Story of Sandy Allen, the Tallest Woman in the World — Sandra Allen

Piecing Together My Abusive Ex-Boyfriend’s Final Summer — Leigh Stein

I Had a Stroke at 33 — Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

How Madewell Bought and Sold My Family's History — Dan Nosowitz

The Strange, Isolated Life of a Tuberculosis Patient in the 21st Century — Natalie Shure

What Having an Abortion in 1959 Was Like — Diana Wiener

My Stepfather, the Peeping Tom — Michelle Tea

How I Escaped a Kidnapping Attempt in Yemen — Gregory D. Johnsen

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