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."
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.