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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013
     

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013

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Dave Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan writing labs compile fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, as well as category-defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection.

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Dave Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan writing labs compile fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, as well as category-defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection.

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"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

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-28
Celebrated editor and author Eggers (Hologram for the King, 2012, etc.) returns with his 12th--and final, he says--edited collection of pieces selected by student members of 826 National. Eclectic is indeed the best word to describe this odd assembly. There are works of fiction (long, short), nonfiction (ditto), tomfoolery and earnestness--and a relentless sense of multiculturalism. There are selections about Guatemala, Cuba, Tokyo, Haiti, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Spain and numerous other locales--including the United States. Just about all socioeconomic classes appear, as well, but the focus is on those who are struggling. The final grim story takes place in a grim iron mine in a grim section of India, and earlier tales present the homeless, the deprived and the criminal--outliers of many sorts. There are lies and sex and violence and numerous manifestations of the notion that we are not a very good species. To their credit, Eggers and the students selected pieces from some sources that are generally off most general readers' radar--Byliner, Storyville and even a piece from tumblr.com. But noted periodicals are represented here, as well, including the New Yorker, Paris Review and National Geographic. Though many of the authors will also be new to many readers, there is a gripping bullfighting story by Karen Russell, a spy story with a graphics feature by Jennifer Egan and a snarky explanation of a term paper assignment from the late Kurt Vonnegut Jr. There's also an amusing tale by Nick Hornby about a bitter divorcée, a journalist who starts a column called "Bastard," which features tales about her ex-husband. Religion appears rarely but has a prominent role in a surreal tale about a religious settlement on a West Indian island where a deep (bottomless?) hole lures some followers to take a leap of faith. A motley collection to match every mood a relentless reader might have.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544105508
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Series:
Best American Nonrequired Reading Series
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
877,652
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

DAVE EGGERS is the editor of McSweeney’s and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of four books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry.

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
mestrick More than 1 year ago
This edition of the Nonrequired Reading series is particularly grim and depressing, relying on obviously dark story lines such as death in the family, childhood trauma, domestic abuse, war, and other tired tropes to create instant "serious literature" rather than sampling from just as hard hitting though more subtle and creative pieces of writing to navigate those same themes. Additionally, this book makes for a terrible e-book. Some of the only playful and creative entries in the collection are graphic novels and other forms of visual arts, but the e-book format causes these pieces to be completely illegible. On my nook, I can’t read large sections of the book because the images are pixilated, way too small, and cut off so that you can only see a small portion of the full image.  I paid for a full e-book, but I wound up with only a portion of an e-book, and the pieces I’m left with feel like an amateur’s definition of what “good literature” is: i.e. anything that is melodramatic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first section is great.. the longer pieces hit or miss.
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