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The Best American Sampler: The Best American Series [Kindle Edition]

Best American Series
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Book Description

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. The guest editor then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected – and most popular – of its kind.

This special e-book sampler contains eleven selections from the 2011 editions.

From The Best American Short Stories® edited by Geraldine Brooks:

Housewifely Arts by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Phantoms by Steven Millhauser

From The Best American Essays® edited by Edwidge Danticat:

Chapels by Pico Iyer
There Are Things Awry Here by Lia Purpura


From The Best American Mystery Stories edited by Harlan Coben:

A Crime of Opportunity by Ernest J. Finney

From The Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Mary Roach:

The Killer in the Pool by Tim Zimmermann, Jr.
The Whole Fracking Enchilada by Sandra Steingraber


From The Best American Sports Writing edited by Jane Leavy:

The Surfing Savant by Paul Solotaroff
New Mike, Old Christine by Nancy Hass

From The Best American Travel Writing edited by Sloane Crosley:
 
My Year at Sea by Christopher Buckley
Miami Party Boom by Emily Witt

 



Product Details

  • File Size: 1175 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QBM25Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,040 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Test Drive This Year's Anthologies 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

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011, guest ed. Harlan Coben
A Crime of Opportunity by Ernest J.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Selection 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me want to buy best of science writing 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Sampler 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Various Delights February 19, 2014
By Jim
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love... January 27, 2014
By Robert
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars good 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 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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