Little, Brown

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STARRED REVIEW

Festival Days

Jo Ann Beard’s essays shimmer with emotional intensity, especially when evoking the flashes of memory that come on the threshold between life and death.

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Review of ‘Festival Days’

Jo Ann Beard’s prose is never more intensely vibrant than when describing death. Her celebrated essay “The Fourth State of Matter,” published in The New Yorker in 1996, depicts the decline of a beloved dog and the end of a marriage before segueing into the horror of a mass shooting at the University of Iowa.…

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