Best Essays to Read

Essays are often written in the first-person, in which writers use their own personal experiences to reflect on a theme or topic for the reader. Many acclaimed authors I love —like James Baldwin and Toni Morrison—combine these pieces into collections of social commentary.

The book pickings below ⬇️ are my favorite essays to read and I obviously read every single one of them. Here are some of the best essays to read.

Best Essays to Read

Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

In this essay, journalist Zahra Hankir invites several Arab and Middle Eastern female journalists — to detail their experiences of reporting from some of the most repressive countries in the world. The essay includes stories from sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the difficulty of traveling without a male relative in Yemen, being able to speak candidly with other women at a Syrian medical clinic or with men on Whatsapp who will go on to become ISIS fighters, rebels, or pro-regime soldiers. The result is a volume of stories describing the unique challenges and the advantages of these women, deactivating the old clichés.

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