Like most people, recreational reading gets away from me–mainly because I fail to pursue it. I’m ashamed to admit I hadn’t read a book for fun all calendar year, that is, until I read The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison.
The Empathy Exams is a collection of non-fiction essays tackling various questions surrounding empathy and pain: How do we show others we care? Is our desire for empathy inherently selfish? Can we convey genuine empathy and, if so, what does that mean?
While the core motif (empathy) remains the same throughout, each essay approaches it from different angles in terms of plot: from medical actors to ultra-marathon runners, from illness to incarceration, from literary sentimentality to reality television.
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