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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 Paperback – October 8, 2013
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Welcome to the twelfth edition of this popular series, the last to be edited by founding editor Eggers. It’s surprising, in a way, that the series has lasted this long, considering that each installment is a sort of mishmash of fiction and nonfiction pieces, without a truly unifying theme, selected by high-school students. But that’s the genius of the series. It eschews big names, big issues, and award winners in favor of stuff that’s simply entertaining. That’s not to say you won’t find a few recognizable names on the contents page; this installment includes Lynda Barry, Jennifer Egan, and Nick Hornby. The selections include think pieces, personal reflections, some poetry, some fiction, and some just plain unclassifiable writing drawn from such diverse sources as the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the website tumblr. Something for everyone, indeed. --David Pitt
"A motley collection to match every mood a relentless reader might have." — Kirkus
"That’s the genius of the series. It eschews big names, big issues, and award winners in favor of stuff that’s simply entertaining...Something for everyone, indeed. " — Booklist
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This is NOT a book for children. It is full of adult themes. I found it was not a book to read when I was sad to start with. many of the pieces hold some of the more depressing truths of mankind's society. There were also some funny places, and a few uplifting places. However, I found I could not predict what a story or essay would bring me in advance.
I believe there was some cursing, but it was so much part of the pieces it was in that I cannot even remember the cursing clearly. Some of the pieces were about very poor people living in stark places. Some of them will be with me for a very long time.
I found this to be a very unusual book, and I would recommend it to almost any adult. Particularly if you want to expand your mind. .Most of the pieces were fairly short, so there are many to choose from. I love the fact that part of the price goes to support literacy and education! Please consider buying it.
I hope this review will help you. I apologize for it not being as clear as some of my reviews, but this book is very hard to quantify. I hope you find the book as interesting as I did.