Search Results: "Best American Nonrequired Reading"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Like a really lively magazine in book form, and a bargain considering the rich diversity of its contents."
Though not required for the classroom, this annual anthology offers a selection that is usually engaging and provocative, even essential. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 10, 2003

"Amusing and meaningful, light and yet profound, like the best magazine in the world—which unfortunately comes out only once a year."
In his foreword, editor Eggers makes note that the second entry in this particular Best American series is not as limited as other Best series are, "making them whimper and cower in a way that is shameful." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"An alternative to the Banana Republic gift certificate for that difficult nephew with a birthday."
Fiction and nonfiction pulled from the main- and side-stream by McSweeney's editor Eggers, founder of a San Francisco writing lab for city youth, is the latest in Houghton Mifflin's Great American Series. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2013 by Dave Eggers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A motley collection to match every mood a relentless reader might have."
Celebrated editor and author Eggers (Hologram for the King, 2012, etc.) returns with his 12th—and final, he says—edited collection of pieces selected by student members of 826 National. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2012  by Dave Eggers
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"An anthology that reads like a long, engaging annual magazine."
An eclectic annual that will leave readers marveling over many of the discoveries and puzzling over the inclusion of a few. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 14, 2004

"A mixed bunch, a little below last year's standard. (Not seen: pieces by Jon Gertner, Paula Peterson, and David Sedaris.)"
The third in this catchall series is weighted toward fiction and has an international flavor. Read full book review >

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NONREQUIRED READING by Wislawa Szymborska
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Glorious distillations of a capacious mind and heart."
Nobel laureate Szymborska (Miracle Fair, 2001, etc.) reprints nearly a hundred pithy pieces about books from her many years as a newspaper columnist in Poland. Read full book review >

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BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES by Carmen Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Children will surely want their own large brown reading buddies after listening to this book about the joys and challenges of reading. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Dogs (and other children) are often used as reading buddies in schools and libraries, but bears may seem a bit unusual in that role. Read full book review >

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BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Impressive craftsmanship and high imaginative quality distinguish an annual that's becoming an essential."
Many roads are traveled in this sixth gathering of the best stories culled from the nation's writing programs and conferences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEST WORST AMERICAN by Juan Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An uneven but promising debut collection of short stories, some unique in their execution."
Twenty-four semiexistential short stories that have appeared in the likes of McSweeney's and Selected Shorts from Colombia-born writer Martinez. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEST AMERICAN GAY FICTION by Brian Bouldrey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1997

"A savvy, lively overview of current gay fiction."
Editor Bouldrey (The Genius of Desire, 1993) notes that his goals in this second installment of an annual collection were to ``highlight new talent. . . showcase established writers'' and to ``bring attention to published work that might have had limited distribution.'' He accomplishes all three, producing an anthology strong on less well-known writers (including Russell Leong, Mitchell Cullin, and Karl Woelz) and venues but also featuring some effective work by such well-established figures as Andrew Holleran, Stephen Beachy, Michael Nava, and Dale Peck. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014 by Scott McCloud
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The spirit of discovery makes this a good launching point for readers interested in the genre's variety and limitless possibility."
The latest annual roundup is more ambitious and conceptually audacious than is usual for any Best American series. Read full book review >