Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays

Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays

In these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays, Stielstra, whose essay ?Channel B? was recently featured in Best American Essays 2013 edited by Cheryl Strayed, explores the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor. The essays in Once I Was Cool tackle topics ranging from beating postpartum depression by stal In these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays, Stielstra, whose essay ?Channel...

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Title:Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays
Author:Megan Stielstra
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:200 pages pages

Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays Reviews

  • Stefanie
    Jan 02, 2016
    1. Stielstra is Chicago-authentic for those, like me, who have a relatively privileged experience with the city--indie rock and dive bars and CTA and bad choices that turned out ok. What luck that I lived there! How snooty to look down on brunch lines! How silly to expect things to be ...
  • Carrie
    Jul 06, 2014
    Could've used a good deal more editing. I'm enjoying some of the essays but finding the number of errors distracting. ...
  • Kevin
    May 13, 2014
    Megan Stielstra?s wonderful writing and her storytelling bravery is truly a gift for everyone who reads her. Once I Was Cool is refreshing, hilarious, touching, and wise. You get a little bit of all life's juicy parts here: music, love, a yearning for home, parenting, becoming a writ...
  • Ben
    Jun 20, 2014
    All Splendor and Cool. It changed my life. ...
  • Leesa
    May 16, 2014
    I really don't read v. many essay collections but I would if they all promised to be as good as this one. This book of essays makes me wanna read more essays and makes me wanna write my own, which is a big deal for me. Reading this book felt like the best parts of honest late-night con...
  • Nicole
    Jul 26, 2015
    Megan Stielstra writes from her heart and these short stories are amazing! ...
  • Abbey
    Dec 02, 2015
    I LOVED THIS SO HARD. ...
  • Jennifer
    May 19, 2014
    Megan is my friend, and reading her essays is like spending time with her. She's an open person. She listens with her whole being. She pays attention. She loves words. She's honest and funny and insightful. These were written to be read or told aloud, and they have that kind of urg...
  • Jen Hirt
    Feb 20, 2015
    I bought this because I'd read the phenomenal "Channel B" in Best American Essays; however, the 28 other short essays in this collection don't live up to expectations. I'm sure they are crowd-pleasers when Stielstra performs them live as part of Chicago's oral storytelling series, but ...
  • David
    Apr 29, 2014
    I'm not always a big fan of essays, but I'm definitely a big fan of these essays. The attention to the story function of the essay is wonderful and the writing is tight, clean, and moving. Each calls up something from my past as I read what happened in Stielstra's life and somehow some...
  • xTx xTx
    Jul 20, 2015
    so relateable and honest ...
  • Sarah
    Aug 10, 2015
    The essays and voice are strong, but man, this needed a proofreader. ...
  • Lavinia Ludlow
    Mar 22, 2015
    Review here: http://thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.c... ...
  • Taube
    Jun 19, 2014
    "Let?s imagine what might happen if?right now, in this very second of reading these words?we reclaim the idea of nice and what it has the potential to achieve. Maybe buy the person sitting next to you a drink; they might really need it. The next time you go through a toll, pay th...
  • Elizabeth Jackson
    Feb 27, 2015
    Nope. Four misspellings in the first 20 pages? I don't care how cool you once were, hire an editor. ...
  • Victor Giron
    Dec 11, 2013
    I'm the publisher so, like, disclaimer. But here is my heart-felt review: What I love about this essay collection by one of Chicago's golden lights in literature, story-teller and teacher Megan Stielstra, is that it inspires without being, you know, cheesy. Through her essays you l...
  • Vykki
    Feb 01, 2014
    What a beautiful written book it touch my heart. I won this book on Goodreads. Thank you. ...
  • Melissa
    Apr 27, 2014
    Make no mistake about it: Megan Stielstra is very, very cool. She may not think so (and she may say so in her essays) but trust me ? she is. She?s that kind of down-to-earth cool, the kind that?s so very absolutely real with no-holds-barred emotions in full view out there f...
  • Curbside Splendor
    Feb 27, 2014
    It's the coming out party for Chicago's very own Best American Essayist, Megan Stielstra! ...
  • Parker
    May 02, 2014
    For me, finishing a good book is a sad affair--you've come to the end of a relationship with this thing in your hand, this thing that has hopefully helped you grow in some small way and has challenged the way you've thought, whether it be about something large or something very small. ...
  • Megan Kirby
    Mar 12, 2014
    Great essays about Chicago, Prague, writing, music, fiction, live storytelling--all things I am incredibly invested in. I've been a fan of Megan Stielstra for some time, so it was great to have all her essays in one place. Once again, Curbside put together a stunning paperback, too. ...
  • Michelle
    Aug 21, 2014
    Am I Megan Stielstra? Is Megan me? Megan is everyone I know? Who is me? Me is Megan? Has Megan been following me around Chicago? How does she know everything about me? Essays are hard to pin down, I love reading essays but have a hard time following my fave essayists, I can barely k...
  • Masha
    Jun 21, 2014
    I fell in love with Megan Stielstra after reading this book. Have to be honest though, it wasn't love from the first essay, not even from the second. But I do believe it was the third that hit me like a train. After that there was no way back, I couldn't wait to spend 10, 20, 30 minute...
  • Jaclyn Bauer
    Nov 03, 2014
    Megan Stielstra's recently released collection of personal essays, "Once I Was Cool", is a look into not only into the life and mind of Stielstra herself, but into the world of every Chicagoan, writer, student, teacher, probably mother, and woman on this planet. I found myself time and...
  • Lance Cox
    May 29, 2014
    All that I really think I need to say is--hell to the yeah. Pick up this book. Chew on it. Feed it to your kids (well. maybe not all of it). Love it. You will laugh and cry and think and cry and laugh more. ...
  • Katelyn
    Oct 01, 2014
    Wow, I was able to relate to so many of these essays! Megan has an honest voice and a witty, sarcastic personality that was so much fun to get to know. I think "Juggle What?" and "Nice" were two of my favorites. Of course after typing that, I thought of a bunch more that I loved. Me...
  • Joseph Haeger
    Oct 20, 2014
    I have a one year old. It is wonderful to read all of my hopes, fears, questions, ambitions, and concerns about being a writer and parent articulated so well by Strielstra. This book made me feel not so alone, and I am grateful for that. ...
  • Karin
    Sep 19, 2016
    These personal essays focus a lot on family and parenting.... much more than I anticipated, and that's not really my interest when it comes to essays. But I did enjoy her voice and would really like to read more from her, maybe on a larger scale as opposed to personal scale. There is, ...
  • Jen Barnicle
    Sep 17, 2016
    Loved this book and the way Megan so honestly shares her personal stories and experiences. Megan is authentic and reading her essays feels like you sat down with a good friend who has bared her soul to you. ...
  • Hannah
    Jan 21, 2018
    When I read Megan Stielstra?s second collection of essays late last year, I had to rewrite my ?best of the year?-list. As such it comes as no surprise how much I enjoyed her debut essay collection. I just adore the way she writes essays, from the structure to the sentences to the...