Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us

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Algonquin Books
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About the Author

Colleen Kinder is an essayist and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, and The Best American Travel Writing. She has taught writing at Yale University, the Chautauqua Institution, and Semester at Sea. A Fulbright Scholar, Kinder received her MFA at the University of Iowa and is the author of Delaying the Real World and the cofounder of the online magazine Off Assignment (OffAssignment.com), where some of the pieces in this anthology originated. Her website is colleenkinder.com.

Leslie Jamison is a New York Times bestselling author who has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and the Oxford American. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.


"Letter to a Stranger is nothing less than a celebration of the adventure that is other people."
--Ariel Levy, author of The Rules Do Not Apply

"The power of brief encounters is illuminated in this moving collection . . . Bright and hopeful, this anthology is sure to delight avid travelers."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sweet but often poignant collection . . . Mesmerizing . . . This highly recommended collection of letters would appeal to many types of readers, including individuals interested in creative writing, the epistolary form, or travel literature."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"Poignant, vividly described and thought-provoking . . . Each one is a thoughtful, engaging, gemlike tribute to a person whose presence changed each writer's life forever."
--Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"Guaranteed to fill you with wanderlust."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A collection that can be read more than once and feel new each time. Readers looking for quiet contemplation as well as conversation starters will find equal satisfaction in these pages."

"The symphony of voices in Letter to a Stranger is at times rousing and exhilarating, at other times piercing and plaintive. The human condition is on full display, here in these fleeting glimpses of our essential connectedness. This beautiful book is a perfect one for our times. It reminds us that we are witnesses to one another's joys and heartaches, even if we never exchange a word."
--Dani Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Inheritance

"By turns, moving, hilarious, and scary, this collection of taut fiery essays is a sprint around the world--all keyhole portraits of unexpected brushes with that one character who flares with meaning."
--Jack Hitt, author of Bunch of Amateurs