Langdon Cook and The Mushroom Hunters

Robert Kolker and Lost Girls

Dave Eggers and The Circle

Tom Kizzia and Pilgrim's Wilderness

Katherine Boo on Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Florence Williams and Breasts

Debra Gwartney on Live Through This

William Langewiesche on The Atomic Bazaar

David K. Randall and The War for Paradise

Sam Quinones and Dreamland

On Mary Gaitskill and Bad Behavior

Martha Elliott and The Man in the Monster

James Nestor and Deep

Lacy M. Johnson and The Other Side

Walter Kirn on Blood Will Out

Neil Swidey and Trapped Under the Sea