100 Best Essays Century

Cullors's memoir reflects on her activism as well as her story as being a black woman in contemporary America.

Buy on Amazon The Golden State Killer was a serial rapist and murderer who terrorized Southern California between 19.

Buy on Amazon Lamont "U-God" Hawkins reflects on his childhood and adolescence—raised by a single mother in the projects in Brownsville, New York—before his life took a major turn when he met his artistic collaborators and soul mates.

Hawkins found compatriots in RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Masta Killa—the eight artists with whom he would found the Wu-Tang Clan, earning a ticket out of the unpredictable and underserved neighborhoods of New York City and into the spotlight as some of hip-hop's greatest performers.

Using her skills as a writer and reporter, she translated his autobiography along with the help of their family history to create a powerful book that pays tribute to her uncle as well as paints a portrait of an often misunderstood disorder.

Buy on Amazon Francisco Cantú grew up the the grandson of a Mexican immigrant in the southwestern part of the United States.

It's also complicated and tough, as Meaghan O'Connell learned when she unexpectedly became pregnant in her lated twenties.

Stripping away the mythical fantasies of motherhood, O'Connell delivers a poignant and funny look at what it means to be a parent in our current time.

Responsible for 50 rapes and 12 murders, the perpetrator was never caught—but he became the obsession of author Michelle Mc Namara, a true crime journalist who spent years trying to uncover his identity.

Mc Namara died unexpectedly while writing this book, which includes an afterward from her husband, Patton Oswalt.

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