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The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2002)

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Publisher Comments:

This collection is the product of many heads. The writers included herein are from every background imaginable, and their stories create a crazy quilt of lived time in and around 2001. This is The Best American Nonrequired Reading, intended to combine the best intentions of the other "Best American" volumes to create a collection with slightly younger readers.

To that end, guest editor Dave Eggers worked with the students who attend and help teach at 826 Valencia, his writing lab in San Francisico, giving them hundreds of stories and articles to read and choose among. All of the selections inside have been read and found worthy by a small committee of readers in high school and college, and while there are patterns in what they chose — for example, a strong interest in goings-on not just in school but all over the world — they've also guided this collection toward its utter undefinablility. There are some really funny things, from the likes of David Sedaris, The Onion, and Modern Humorist, and some lighter fiction, as in David Schickler's "Fourth Angry Mouse" and Elizabeth McKenzie's "Stop That Girl," about a hellish trip to Switzerland that a twelve-year-old takes with her grandmother, but there's a seriousness throughout, with stories about immigrants from Mexico in Manhattan, young Afghani men vacillating between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance, and the black coach of a Pennsylvania Amish basketball team.

This collection is barely cohesive and often confusing. And this is good. Your own life, we bet, is barely cohesive and often confusing. And given how confused and wayward you are, we will help you do the right thing: read this and love it. The makers of The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 insist that you enjoy it and then tell your friends to enjoy it. This will give structure to your life and bounce to your steps. You're welcome.

Review:

"[T]his inaugural title in Houghton's newest 'Best American' series deserves at least as much attention for the remarkable scope and quality of its works [as for Eggers's popularity]....Much of the writing resembles Eggers's, but it doesn't lack originality and the necessary wit. There is enough rareness here to provoke heavy circulation in both public and academic libraries." Library Journal

Review:

"While a number of pieces have been included as comic relief, only David Sedaris (unsurprisingly) and the Onion bits...are likely to crack anybody up. Perhaps the truly cool don't want to be caught guffawing....An alternative to the Banana Republic gift certificate for that difficult nephew with a birthday." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The Best American Nonrequired Reading is the newest addition to the best-selling "Best American" series, and the first annual of its kind for the under-twenty-five set. This genre-busting collection features ten unabridged selections — fiction and nonfiction, humor and satire — drawn from such publications as The New Yorker, Jane, Sports Illustrated, The Onion, and others.

Synopsis:

The Best American Nonrequired Reading is a selection for young people of the best literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals: from The New Yorker to Jane, Rolling Stone to The Onion, Vibe to various magazines, zines, and journals that, if you're over thirty, you've never heard of. This genre-busting collection includes fiction — young, coming-of-age, multicultural — and nonfiction, including articles on popular culture and politics, profiles, humor, satire, even alternative comics.

About the Author

Dave Eggers, the author of You Shall Know Our Velocity and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the editor of McSweeney's, is inaugural guest editor. He is the founder of 826 Valencia, a San Francisco writing lab for city youth.

Michael Cart is the author of My Father's Scar, a 1997 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, as well as many other books. A reviewer for major national media, Cart has served on numerous awards committees, including the National Book Award Committee.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Dave Eggers

My Fake Job by Rodney Rothman, read by the author

The Lost Boys by Sara Corbett, read by Dave Eggers

The Pamphleteer by Jenny Bitner, read by the author

Snacks by Sam Lipsyte, read by the author

Local Hipster Overexplaining Why He Was At the Mall by The Onion, read by John Krewson

Stop That Girl by Elizabeth McKenzie, read by the author

Journal of a New Cobra Recruit by Keith Pille, read by Dave Eggers

Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good by Eric Schlosser, read by the author

To Make a Friend, Be a Friend by David Sedaris, read by Jeff Woodman

Higher Education by Gary Smith, read by Oliver Wyman

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618258109
Editor:
Eggers, Dave
Series Editor:
Cart, Michael
Editor:
Eggers, Dave
Editor:
Cart, Michael
Author:
Cart, Michael
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Talking book collection.
Subject:
American literaturexpo
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Compact Disk
Abridged:
Yes
Series:
Best American Nonrequired Reading
Series Volume:
no. 242
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
3 sound discs (3.5 hr.)
Dimensions:
5.78x5.54x.98 in. .43 lbs.
Media Run Time:
Approx. 3.5 hours

Related Subjects

Audio Books » Fiction and Poetry » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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Product details 3 sound discs (3.5 hr.) pages Mariner Books - English 9780618258109 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]his inaugural title in Houghton's newest 'Best American' series deserves at least as much attention for the remarkable scope and quality of its works [as for Eggers's popularity]....Much of the writing resembles Eggers's, but it doesn't lack originality and the necessary wit. There is enough rareness here to provoke heavy circulation in both public and academic libraries."
"Review" by , "While a number of pieces have been included as comic relief, only David Sedaris (unsurprisingly) and the Onion bits...are likely to crack anybody up. Perhaps the truly cool don't want to be caught guffawing....An alternative to the Banana Republic gift certificate for that difficult nephew with a birthday."
"Synopsis" by , The Best American Nonrequired Reading is the newest addition to the best-selling "Best American" series, and the first annual of its kind for the under-twenty-five set. This genre-busting collection features ten unabridged selections — fiction and nonfiction, humor and satire — drawn from such publications as The New Yorker, Jane, Sports Illustrated, The Onion, and others.
"Synopsis" by , The Best American Nonrequired Reading is a selection for young people of the best literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals: from The New Yorker to Jane, Rolling Stone to The Onion, Vibe to various magazines, zines, and journals that, if you're over thirty, you've never heard of. This genre-busting collection includes fiction — young, coming-of-age, multicultural — and nonfiction, including articles on popular culture and politics, profiles, humor, satire, even alternative comics.
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