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Voted as one of “Ten Books to Restore Your Faith in Print” by Flavorpill

“The first bona fide literary movement in decades.” —Slate

"An inimitable retrospective on modern storytelling." —Publishers Weekly

"An impressive warehouse of treasures." — Willamette Week

"The Best of McSweeney’s is not just a giant tome to read and admire—it’s a thing to behold."––Rebecca Rubenstein, Kirkus

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McSweeney’s began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. That rule was soon abandoned, and since then McSweeney’s has attracted work from some of the finest writers in the country, including Denis Johnson, Jonathan Franzen, William T. Vollmann, Rick Moody, Joyce Carol Oates, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ben Marcus, Susan Straight, Roddy Doyle, T. C. Boyle, Steven Millhauser, Gabe Hudson, Robert Coover, Ann Beattie, and many others. At the same time, the journal continues to be a major home for new and unpublished writers; we’re committed to publishing exciting fiction regardless of pedigree.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's; First Edition edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938073592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938073595
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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By Matt M. Martin on January 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
McSweeney's has always been a journal known more for its place as a literary phenomenon than as something actually read, which makes it easy to forget that the journal earned the ability to be weird by also featuring some extremely good writing. In other words, sure there's a lot of window dressing on most McSweeney's issues, which beckons unflattering descriptions (precious, twee, pretentious, etc.), but the actual content makes the journal worthwhile. And the fact is that, despite whatever reputation it carries, McSweeney's has been publishing solid writing for 15 years now.

All of which makes this "Best Of" collection a little off-putting, in that it, well, isn't. The very best things McSweeney's has ever published are alarmingly absent: Anthony Doerr's "Memory Wall" is not here; neither is Jim Shepard's "Tedford and the Megalodon" or Douglas Coupland's biji from Issue 31, Joe Meno's "Stockholm Syndrome," Stephen Millhauser's "The Tower" (or "American Tall Tale" or "Rapunzel"), Brian Baise's "It's Nice When Someone Is Excited to Hear From You," J.T.K. Belle's "Carlos the Impossible," Jonathan Franzen's "Ambition," Robert Coover's "The Queen," Edmund White's memoir from Issue 18--anything from T.C. Boyle! Where are these pieces?! It's like getting the greatest hits of a band and not hearing the band's biggest single, but hearing some woeful b-side instead.

As for those b-sides, we have a David Foster Wallace piece Wallace himself was too bashful to include under his real name. It's a stinker, too, a 50-page marketing seminar about snack food products that overstays its welcome by a good 48 pages. Julia Hecht's very boring essay on Marimekko dresses is included for some reason, as is Andrew Sean Greer's tedious, predictable play-by-play of his visit to a NASCAR race.
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After subscribing to McSweeny's Quarterly Concern for two years, I was very excited to add this to my collection. I was not disappointed with the book. This is a great collection of fun, off beat stories that are fun to read.
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I purchased this as a gift for my boyfriend. Really, I just wanted him to have to house it so that I could read it whenever I want. So far we're both happy with this arrangement - both the chosen pieces in the book as well as the use of bookshelf space.
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I don't know why but this Deluxe Edition which comes with extra content and originally sold for $55 is only $13. I love it I got the The Best of McSweeney's and a great comics section and a Stephen King story as pamphlet in pretty box, etc. I don't know why it's bargain priced.
The Best of McSweeney's book by itself costs $35 and outsells it.

This is the premier literary magazine of the past decades with the best of today's authors.
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Mr. Eggers once again does not disappoint!!

I purchased this one thinking, I have read every McSweeney's, what more can there be?
The collection is arranged beautifully!!

A must have for any McSweeney's connoisseur!!
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