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Publisher Comments:

The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 includes

Kevin Brockmeier, Judy Budnitz, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich,

Nora Krug, Julie Otsuka, Eric Puchner, George Saunders,

Adrian Tomine, Jess Walter, and others

Review:

"Staying true to its mission of eclecticism, the 11th volume in this series makes room not just for magazine articles and short stories, but also comic strips, letters, text messages, tweets, and committee minutes. Given that those last mentioned items come from the Occupy Wall Street protests, however, this anthology shows more signs of earnest timeliness than might be expected from the title's tongue-in-cheek grandiosity. Some of the 32 selections, once again chosen by high school students in the writing programs known as 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan cofounded by McSweeney's editor Eggers, venture to Russia and Japan in, respectively, Anthony Marra's 'The Palace of the People' and Nora Krug's 'Kamikaze.' Widely different corners of American immigrant experience, meanwhile, figure into short-form memoirs from Junot Díaz, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Wesley Yang. This year's guest introducer, the late Ray Bradbury, wrote just weeks before his death. While in theory Bradbury's presence should more than justify fantastical selections like Jess Walter's trendily zombie-themed 'Don't Eat Cat' or Eric Puchner's Harrison Bergeron — like 'Beautiful Monsters,' Louise Erdrich's and Mark Robert Rapacz's harder-bitten fiction impresses more. Nonfiction from John Jeremiah Sullivan and Jon Ronson, meanwhile, more than measures up to the series' essentially lighthearted spirit, also captured by this year's cover illustrator, Brian Selznick." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A selection of the best writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and blogs, published during 2011. Edited by Dave Eggers.

Synopsis:

The ever-entertaining Dave Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and Michigan compile a quirky collection and showcase their flair for finding both offbeat tidbits and classic literary gems.

About the Author

DAVE EGGERS is the editor of McSweeneys and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of four books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547595962
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American R
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Staying true to its mission of eclecticism, the 11th volume in this series makes room not just for magazine articles and short stories, but also comic strips, letters, text messages, tweets, and committee minutes. Given that those last mentioned items come from the Occupy Wall Street protests, however, this anthology shows more signs of earnest timeliness than might be expected from the title's tongue-in-cheek grandiosity. Some of the 32 selections, once again chosen by high school students in the writing programs known as 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan cofounded by McSweeney's editor Eggers, venture to Russia and Japan in, respectively, Anthony Marra's 'The Palace of the People' and Nora Krug's 'Kamikaze.' Widely different corners of American immigrant experience, meanwhile, figure into short-form memoirs from Junot Díaz, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Wesley Yang. This year's guest introducer, the late Ray Bradbury, wrote just weeks before his death. While in theory Bradbury's presence should more than justify fantastical selections like Jess Walter's trendily zombie-themed 'Don't Eat Cat' or Eric Puchner's Harrison Bergeron — like 'Beautiful Monsters,' Louise Erdrich's and Mark Robert Rapacz's harder-bitten fiction impresses more. Nonfiction from John Jeremiah Sullivan and Jon Ronson, meanwhile, more than measures up to the series' essentially lighthearted spirit, also captured by this year's cover illustrator, Brian Selznick." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A selection of the best writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and blogs, published during 2011. Edited by Dave Eggers.
"Synopsis" by ,
The ever-entertaining Dave Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and Michigan compile a quirky collection and showcase their flair for finding both offbeat tidbits and classic literary gems.
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