"This volume collects the finest essays from the second half of the Believer's decade-long (and counting) run"--Amazon.com.
Introduction / by Ed Park The disappearance of Ford Beckman / by Michael Paul Mason The end of the story / by Zach Baron Travels with my ex / by Susan Straight Sweatpants in paradise / by Molly Young A glimpse of unplumbed depths / by Annie Julia Wyman The death of a civil servant / by Lev Grossman Absent things as if they are present / by Jeannie Vanasco Virginia mountain scream queen / by Rebecca Taylor Dark family / by Sara Gran and Megan Abbott Watching Shrek in Tehran / by Brian T. Edwards If he hollers let him go / by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah Mithradates of Fond du Lac / by Kent Russell But never a lovely so real / by Colin Asher How to scrutinize a beaver / by Rachel Poliquin The unresilient / by Francisco Goldman How to explore like a real Victorian adventurer / by Monte Reel The immortal horizon / by Leslie Jamison The fickle needle of fate / by Paul Collins My patron / by Nick Hornby.
"These pieces appeared between 2009 and 2013 in the Believer magazine."--Title page verso. "Five more years of great writing from The Believer"--Cover. Includes bibliographical references.