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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 Paperback – October 4, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0547577432 ISBN-10: 0547577435 Edition: 1 Original

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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DAVE EGGERS is the editor of McSweeney’s 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.

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Let's hear it for non-required and fun reading!!
L. Jackson
It's great that Dave Eggers's pupils comb through piles and select them for us.
Judge J Drhedd
You can google him and read about him and his past-time.
Roy Berger

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. Jackson on November 25, 2011
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roy Berger on January 22, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lamb on January 4, 2013
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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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By Jeanie B. on September 12, 2013
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At a loss as to what to read, I chose this although I prefer novels that allow me to get into character development.
This had everthing you could want. Characters who have stayed with me since I read it (the young female chess player,
the Burmese refugees) fiction, non-fiction, even cartoons.
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More About the Author

Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African writer based in Cape Town and currently based in Norwich, UK. Her fourth novel, 'Green Lion', is due to be published in May 2015. Her 2011 novel 'Nineveh' was shortlisted for the M-Net Literary Award and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, and in 2015 (in French translation, Ninive) it won the François Sommer Literary Prize. Her short novel Shark's Egg (2000) was shortlisted for the 2001 M-Net Book Prize.

She's previously published a collection of short stories, 'Homing', and two novels: 'Shark's Egg' and 'The Rock Alphabet', as well as a South African miscellany, 'Nice Times!' In 2012 her story 'Sanctuary' came second in the BBC International Short Story Prize. In 2008 she won the Caine Prize for African Writing, for which she was shortlisted in 2007. Also in 2007, she was awarded the 2007 South African PEN award for her short story, 'Poison'.

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