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The Best American Sampler: The Best American Series Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3353 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 5, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QBM25Y
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2011
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This sampler is a great idea.

Every year, the series editors each select a hundred or so of the best essays or stories for possible inclusion in their anthologies. The guest editors then narrow the hundred down to around twenty for publication.

So while the quality is consistently excellent, I'm always amazed at how the guest editor's influence can affect the tone of the collection. A couple that stand out in my memory are the The Best American Essays 2006 guest edited by Lauren Slater and The Best American Travel Writing 2008 guest edited by Anthony Bourdain. Slater's selections were heavily on the gloomy side, while Bourdain's choices were extra manly, no girls allowed.

If, like most of us, you don't have the time or money to scoop up all the anthologies in the series, this sampler is a handy way to help you decide which ones to get and which to skip this year.

The sampler contains eleven selections from six of the volumes:

The Best American Short Stories 2011, guest editor Geraldine Brooks
Housewifely Arts by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Phantoms by Steven Millhauser

The Best American Essays 2011, guest ed. Edwidge Danticat
Chapels by Pico Iyer
There Are Things Awry Here by Lia Purpura

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Curtis on January 30, 2012
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I buy the Best American collections every year (Mystery Stories, Short Stories, Essays) and this single edition is a wonderful introduction to the series. It's a super reader gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karl kastorf on November 2, 2012
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Good read with much variety. Science was best. Fiction least strong, while sports was pleasant surprise. Glad I read it.
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By FREDDY ARMIJO on February 26, 2014
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I been reading these collections since I found them at the bookstore. Each series provide great short readings from the best authors. I would recommend it for those that want reading in different subjects in one book.
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By Jim on February 19, 2014
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I thought that this book was a collection of short-story fiction, but not so! Instead a variety of themes and styles, mostly first-rate.
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By Robert on January 27, 2014
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The Best American series is one of the most enjoyable compilation books/series I've ever discovered. I'm particularly fond of the Short Stories. They're always thought provoking and leave me wanting more. One of my most favorite stories ever came from this series. This sampler gives you a little from each of the Best American series and is definitely worth the price of free. I would recommend this six ways to Sunday!
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By Jack Chang on December 1, 2013
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From the content, book condition to delivery time, item price, I feel that all as good as or even better than i expected
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By Hoop Flanigan on October 26, 2013
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As a lover of short stories, this collection came up short on quality for me. Usually these collections are great; this one left me wondering why the editor would choose these selections.
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