Meditative Stories Authors

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Meditative Stories Authors - Part 1

Five New York Times Best-Selling authors who have written literary travel, fiction, or nature books in the first person and take readers on a journey with a vivid, immersive, and highly sensory writing style are Lynsey Addario, Cheryl Strayed, Jon Krakauer, Lisa See, and Susan Orlean. The details for these five authors have been entered on the attached spreadsheet. An overview of the results are below.

Methodology and findings

To identify five New York Times Best-Selling authors that met the specified criteria, I combed through New York Times Best Seller lists, author websites, and book reviews. Since there were no restrictions on when the authors had to have appeared on New York Times Best Seller lists, I began with more recent lists and moved backward from there. As a result, there are two authors whose work appeared on lists in 1999, which is why there are sources from those years as well. I chose these authors because their works are ideal examples of writing that takes readers on a journey through a vivid, immersive, and highly sensory writing style. I also attempted to provide authors from each genre, but I was unable to identify one that met all criteria and is considered a nature writer.

The authors and their respective genres that have been entered in rows 3-7 of the attached spreadsheet are:

Lynsey Addario — Literary Travel
Addario is an American photojournalist who has written a literary travel book called "It's What I Do" about her travels to conflict areas across the globe. She is also a world-renowned columnist for the New York Times, often writing about issues facing women in war-torn countries. Her book is in the first person, as are her columns for the New York Times. Her style is highly sensory, as she uses her own photography to enhance her stories. Her genres are travel fused with photography.

Cheryl Strayed — Literary Travel
Strayed lives in Portland, Oregon and is the author of "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," a #1 New York Times literary travel memoir. It is written in the first person and uses highly sensory details that make readers "feel her own pain and her own fears and struggles." The book describes Strayed's hike of "more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State."

Lisa See — Fiction
Lisa See, who lives in Los Angeles, mostly writes fiction, but she has also written a first-person memoir titled "On Gold Mountain." Her New York Times Best-Selling book is "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," which takes readers on a "journey back to a captivating era of Chinese history and delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship." A Publishers Weekly review said that Lee's writing is "a suspenseful and poignant story and an absorbing historical chronicle." Reader reviews consistently say that See's writing puts them into the story and they become a part of 19th Century China. Her books are mainly written in the first person (particularly Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which is the book that was on the NYT Best Seller list).

Jon Krakauer — Literary Travel/Nature
Krakauer lives in Corvallis, Oregon and is the author of several best-selling books. His writing is immersive as one reviewer said, "He recounts with excruciating detail the physical and mental cost of such a climb." His books are written in the first person and detail travel experiences in a literary fashion. Some books are about his own experiences in dangerous places like Mount Everest, but others are actual literary travel books like "Iceland: Land of the Sagas," but all his work is sensory and vivid.

Susan Orlean — Literary Travel/Fiction
Susan Orlean is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a New York Times best-selling author of seven books, including "The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters With Extraordinary People." This book is written in the first person and details the people Orlean meets during her travels to Spain, Maui, New York, and other locations. According to a review, Orlean "writes with such insight and candor that readers will feel as if they've met each and every one of these unconventional folks," so her writing is immersive and highly sensory. She is considered "one of America's most entertaining and original literary journalists."

Conclusion

Lynsey Addario, Cheryl Strayed, Jon Krakauer, Lisa See, and Susan Orlean are five American authors who have written New York Times Best-selling books in the genres of literary travel and fiction. Their works have been written in the first person and take readers on a journey through vivid, immersive, and highly sensory writing.
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Meditative Stories Authors - Part 2

We identified five further candidates for this project who fit the relevant criteria - David Gessner, Emily Jenkins, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, and Bill Bryson, all of whom have been added to the spreadsheet, , along with the relevant data. Here I shall briefly discuss each of the authors, and why they fit the criteria.

David Gessner

David Gessner is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller "All the Wild That Remains", which chronicles the lives of and relationship between two great American writers and environmental protectionists of the 20th century — Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey. In his review for the Chicago Tribune, Tom Fate notes that Gessner is a "first-person storyteller, whose honest voice is full of insight and humor." The Los Angeles Review of Books calls the book, "a joyful adventure in geography and in reading — and in coming to terms with how the domestic and the wild can co-exist over time." Gessner's genres include journalism, biography, travel writing, nature writing, and literary criticism.

Emily Jenkins

Emily Jenkins (who also writes under the pen name E. Lockhart) is the author of the New York Times bestselling, "We Were Liars", which chronicles the life and lies of a patrician New England family called the Sinclairs. In her review for the New York Times, Meg Rosoff writes, "an ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing." However, she also notes that the depiction of the family left the characters somewhat flat.

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss achieved a New York Times bestseller with his debut novel, "The Name of the Wind", which won the Quill Award in 2007. The Library Journal writes, "Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed 'autobiography' of a hero is highly recommended", while the San Francisco Chronicle calls it, "Refreshingly nimble and off-beat". The novel is a fictional autobiography and is written in the first person.

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of The Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and Stormfront, the first and last of which are New York Times bestsellers. In a review for Orbit Books, Mark Yon writes that Stormfront is written in the first person, is engaging, and manages to balance horror with humor in taking readers on a journey with the main character.


Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is the New York Times bestselling author of Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, At Home, and many other works. He was voted the funniest travel writer of all time by CNN, and his Notes From a Small Island was voted in a national poll as the book that best represents Britain. His writing is all in the first person, and his travel writing is honest and vivid, taking readers on an emotional journey as he relays his actual journeys.

Conclusion

Each of these five authors has written at least one New York Times bestseller, writes in the first person, has published works of either nature, travel, or fiction, and takes readers on a journey with sensory and evocative language, according to reviews of their work. Please see the spreadsheet here: for all relevant links and further descriptions.
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Meditative Stories Authors - Part 3

Introduction

In the attached spreadsheet I included five books that meet your criteria. In the list there are several that fall into literary travel or nature and one that falls into fiction. The books were taken from precompiled lists of New York Times Best Sellers. In the spreadsheet, prior additions were writers such as Cheryl Strayed or Bill Bryson. These writers wrote long, evocative travel memoirs. Writers that I've included, such as William Finnegan, are comparable.

Captain Chesley B Sullenberger III and Jeffrey Zaslow - Sully: My Search for What Really Matters

Sully is an introspective literary travel memoir. The story follows the captain who successfully landed a failing plane in the Hudson in 2009. His tale meditates on his love for planes and flying and how events in his life came to fruition on that fateful day. The book contains journeys rather than a singular journey. All of his journeys revolve around Sullenberger's love of the air, planes, and flying. Despite the fact that airplanes are, of course, machines, Sullenberger's tales are naturalistic.

William Finnegan - Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

William Finnegan's Barbarian Days follows his quest for beautiful waves across the world. His writing is known for its evocative style as well as unique voice. Finnegan has clout in this regard as he has written all his life and is the bookish sort. He was a war reporter as well. The travels detailed in his book cross time (as he ages) and physical space (as he explored many countries for hidden beauty).

Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See

Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See is another Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times best seller. This book is fiction about travel with a great sense of physical place, however it doesn't take place in the present. The book is set during World War II and the meditative descriptions of place are based on the interactions between the two heroes, one a German male and the other a blind French girl.

Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat Pray Love

Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love is perhaps the most well known book in this list. Gilbert, who by all accounts had a comfortable life, sought meaning by exploring different cultures and broadening her horizons. She explored India, Italy, and Bali to find herself in a memorable and almost quintessential literary travel text.

Frances Mayes - Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun is Frances Mayes' artistic book about moving to the Italian countryside in a villa she purchased and restored. Mayes writes of discovering beauty in her new environment. Her fast travel and literary life takes a backseat to the simplicity and day to day nature of living in bucolic Italy.

Conclusion

More detailed information is available in the spreadsheet along with links to excerpts and other data. The authors were chosen to match and compliment the previously-included writers.
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Meditative Stories Authors - Part 4

The attached spreadsheet details each additional author provided, all of which are 2016 New York Times Best Selling authors. Below is a brief overview of each author, which calls out their qualifications in a straight forward manner, as requested in the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet encompasses these elements in a more conversational tone.

AUTHORS

A: New York Times Best Selling author.
B: Writes in the first person.
C: Narrative descriptions of all kinds of people that live in New York City, using accompanying visual photographs.
D: Travel, nonfiction.
A: New York Times Best Selling author.
B: Writes in the first person.
C: Descriptive and spiritual writing style as he describes his childhood.
D: Travel, nonfiction, nature, memoir.

A: New York Times Best Selling author.
B: Writes in the first person.
C: Humorous writing style that gives a deep understanding and connection to his dysfunctional family relationships, as well as understanding the hardships Americans faced in previous lives.
D: Nature, historical, memoir.
A: New York Times Best Selling author.
B: Writes in the first person.
C: Personal and witty writing style, as she writes about both nature and travel in her memoir detailing learning to understand her father in a new light.
D: Travel, memoir.
A: New York Times Best Selling author.
B: Writes in the first person.
C: Extremely unique style of writing. While English is her first language (and this book is available in English), she wrote a memoir in Italian while she was learning to read and write in the language. She used her feelings to express learning about oneself in a different language and environment.
D:Travel, memoir.

A: New York Times Best Selling author.
B: Writes in the first person.
C: Her writing has been described as “funny, observant, touching, and addictive”, and her writing is supplemented with watercolor paintings, recipes, and photographs through her travels and new experience as a single woman.
D: Travel, nature, memoir.

SUMMARY

As noted, all of these authors appeared in the 2016 New York Times Best Sellers list, and are focused around their personal memoirs, as they relate to travel and personal growth in the form of their experiences.

NOTE TO THE REVIEWER:
I did not include Alice Steinbach in this list. Although she fits the profile the client is looking for, she unfortunately passed away a few years ago, and therefore wouldn't make a likely candidate for the client's project.

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Meditative Stories Authors - Part 5

The five New York Times Best-Selling authors who match the listed criteria are Eric Weiner, Sam Neumann, David Greene, Sonia Choquette, and Alice Steinbach. Each one of these authors has written literary travel books in the first person and take readers on a journey with a vivid, immersive, and highly sensory writing style. The details of the chosen authors and their works are documented in the attached spreadsheet in rows 24-28.

Eric Weiner — The Geography of Bliss

Eric Weiner describes himself as a "philosophical traveler" with a strong interest in the "intersection of places and ideas". In his New York Times best-selling book, "The Geography of Bliss", Eric Weiner details his journey to find the world's happiest country by using the "science of happiness" as his guide. He has been called a superb travel guide, knowledgeable, and humorous by The Washington Post. His works are written in the first person and his writing style is focused on the extent of creative expression.

Sam Neumann — Memoirs of a Gas Station

In Sam Neumann's Memoirs of a Gas Station, the New York Times best-selling author gives a personal account of the summer he spent trapped in a convenience store in Alaska. He relays his adventurous journey, in the first person, through the Alaskan tundra with a writing style of "introspective humor" that matches those of Chuck Klosterman and Bill Bryson. He is also mentioned to be satirical and brutally honest through his works.

David Greene — Midnight in Siberia

David Greene's Midnight in Siberia earned him a spot in the 2014 list of New York Times best-sellers. In this book, David Greene chronicles his 6000-mile "epic" journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. The New York Times describes the tone of the book to hold a "classic travel-narrative". His work is written in the first person and his travel narrative is filled with insight, adventure, and humor.

Sonia Choquette — Walking Home

Not only is Sonia Choquette a New York Times best-seller for her work "Walking Home", but she has also authored over 19 international best-selling books. Walking Home is an account of her hard life experiences and her journey to "regain her spiritual footing". Her work has been translated into 37 languages and published in 40 countries. Her work is written in the first person and her writing style is personal, humorous and portrays creative growth.

Alice Steinbach — Without Reservation: The travels of an independent woman

Alice Steinbach is a journalist who has won the Pulitzer Prize. Her portrayal of her journey through both Europe and herself earned her book, Without Reservation, the spot on the New York Times best-seller list. She has gained wide acclamation from various international reviewers who have describes her book to be "exquisite". She takes her audience on a journey through some of the most enchanting places in the world to find the answers she seeks. St. Petersburg Times describes her writing style as clear, thoughtful, insightful and beautifully written.

Conclusion

To wrap up, the five New York Times Best-Selling authors who have written literary travel, fiction, or nature books in the first person and take the readers on a journey with a vivid, immersive, and highly sensory writing style, have been chosen and documented in the attached spreadsheet. The authors chosen are Eric Weiner, Sam Neumann, David Greene, Sonia Choquette, and Alice Steinbach.

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Meditative Stories Authors - Part 6

We have located an additional five authors which fit your criteria and have added these authors to your spreadsheet, along with an overview of why this author was chosen, a link to an excerpt of their work which serves as an example of how their writing style fits the criteria, and a list of the author's other New York Times bestsellers, if applicable.

methodology

In order to locate authors to add your spreadsheet, we first began by analyzing the bestsellers lists published on the New York Times website. We started with the most recently published list and worked backwards until we located five authors and works who fit your stated criteria. We then isolated our findings to authors of fiction.

In doing so, we first analyzed an excerpt of each book to determine if it was written in first person and whether the author utilized a vivid and highly sensory writing style. To determine this, we focused on analyzing whether the work used an abundance of descriptive language.

We also focused on including works which 'take the readers on a journey.' In doing so, we reviewed the synopsis of each book to isolate those which felt the most captivating, intriguing, and adventurous.

To determine which of the authors' other books were also New York Times bestsellers, we utilized the authors' websites, and also utilized Amazon to analyze the authors full body of published books, noting those which were highlighted as being New York Times bestsellers.

overview of findings

We have profiled the following five authors for this section of the spreadsheet:

1) JoJo Moyes, author of 'Still Me'.
2) A.J. Finn, author of 'The Woman in the Window'.
3) Pierce Brown, author of 'Iron Gold.'
4) Janet Evanovich, author of 'Hardcore Twenty-Four.'
5) Ruth Ware, author of 'The Woman in Cabin 10'.

CONCLUSION

To wrap it up, we have identified the aforementioned five authors, who fit your given criteria. We have profiled these authors in your spreadsheet, which you can access here.
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