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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 1 Original Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0547577432
ISBN-10: 0547577435
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“Required reading is the stuff that’s supposed to be on the test. Nonrequired reading often is more interesting. That’s the case with this quirky collection” (USA Today ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

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. For each volume, the very best pieces are selected by a leading writer in the field, making the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 includes

Daniel Alarcón, Clare Beams, Sloane Crosley, Anthony Doerr, Neil Gaiman, Mohammed
Hanif, Mac McClelland, Michael Paterniti, Olivier Schrauwen,
Gary Shteyngart, and others

[INSERT AUTHOR PHOTO] DAVE EGGERS, editor, is the editor of McSweeney’s and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in eight cities across the United States. He is the author of six books, including What Is the What, Zeitoun, and The Wild Things.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO, guest introducer, is an Academy Award–nominated writer, director, and producer. He is the creator of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Cronos, and The Devil’s Backbone, among other films. Pan’s Labyrinth earned prizes worldwide, including three Oscars.


Look for the other best-selling titles in the Best American series:

THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING



--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Best American (Book 2011)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547577435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547577432
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The BANR 2011, besides having the most interesting and fun short fiction, non-fiction and assorted other offerings, is unique in its creation, being the product of lots of time and effort by high school students. They have chosen a little something for everyone: a wonderful essay about Roger Ebert, two funky and interesting story length cartoons, many short stories that make you think, and, of course, the best "wikileaks revelations" of 2011!! Based on your personal taste, you may not like everything in this book, but I know you will like a lot of it. Let's hear it for non-required and fun reading!!
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I'm not sure if the typos are unique to the Kindle version, but they are frequent and distracting. They seem to be the sort of typos caused by OCR, which is weird, since the publisher presumably had the text itself.
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There are only 2 or 3 stories that I didn't find engaging. This is 1000 percent better than all the other short story books I have read in the past several years.
I just read the true story by and of James R Spring and his avocation of finding lost children south of the border. ( You can google him and read about him and his past-time.) Just an example of the variety of well-written stories in this book.
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Reading this book is like going to eat at a buffet. Some of the items may not be to your liking, but enough will be to justify the price. There were a great many items on the buffet, and they were diverse and, for the most part, entertaining. As a Kindle reader, I never had a real sense of what was coming up next (since the Kindle would just pick up where I left off) and I found the selections varied and interesting. It makes an excellent beach or pool read because you can stop and start easily without worrying about continuity and if you don't care for one item, you'll probably like the next.
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I was buying all the books in this 'nonrequired' series that are on bargain here at Amazon, and have skimmed through at least four of these collections. I was intending to wait for this to go at 60%, until I saw it in a local bookstore and was immediately captivated by the two short comics included this year. The first one, entitled The Imaginist, alone is worth the price. And then there's another short gem called The Art of Steal, which details a story of a thief a la Toulour of Ocean's 12. 3rd place goes to the bounty hunter story, which is also great when listened to (look for the episode in the The American Life podcast)

We cannot expect a casual reader to get a chance to capture all these great shorts online, or more so subscribe to all the annual magazines yearly. It's great that Dave Eggers's pupils comb through piles and select them for us. Ive only ready 7 so far; no duds yet.
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This one is no exception. We enjoy these books every year; they include wonderful whimsical lists as well as beautifully written short pieces.
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This collection is a hodgepodge of stories, lists, illustrated fiction, and other stuff. One is not really certain of the criteria for inclusion here, except that most items are consistently enjoyable and surprising. The diversity of genres adds to the sense of surprise and pleasure.
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Glad I got this when it was on sale last month. Great stories and formatting is just fine for the kindle touch and fire.
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