They were chosen well and each has its own writing style.
It's pretty hard for me NOT to keep reading in such a collection, as I'm a firm believer that one can often learn the most from stories one may not 'like' very much.
Sebold and Pitlor appear to have taken their job very seriously this year, and have put together a volume worthy of the moniker "Best American Short Stories".
Only the preface and review is by Alice Sebold. Not the whole book.
Disappointed and would not recommend.
That's my opinion.
It was clearly not new. There was writing in it, coffee stains and had been thumbed through many times. False advertising.Published 14 months ago by lcv
I thumbed half way thru this book and have yet to come across one USA white male writing a story about some happening in the USA. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Roy Berger
The stories in this book are beautifully written. They were chosen well and each has its own writing style. Plus the stories are short enough to finish one each night before bed.Published on August 12, 2011 by Nicole
The double order, 2 editions of the Best American Short Stories, came promptly and in good condition.
I could not ask for more.
Most of the stories in this collection, edited by Alice Sebold, contain somewhat depressing or pessimistic subject matter. Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by Nate
what a great way to get the best short stories of each year for those of those who dont have time to read muchPublished on March 2, 2011 by Indiana Customer
I'm addicted to this series. I get the new one each year and 2009 was no disappointment. One of my favorite stories is Magic Words by Jill McCorkle.Published on November 2, 2010 by Analise
Too many stories were odd. I read but couldn't recommend at least 6 stories in this book.
I found it disappointing and my reading group agreed with me. Read more