This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work

This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work

by Retha Powers
     
 

We all have our favorite pieces by our beloved writers. But what do they think is their own best work? Inspired by an acclaimed collection published in 1942, the editors at the Quality Paperback Book Club invited fiction writers, essayists, poets, playwrights, and cartoonists to choose and comment on their best work. The result is a veritable who's who of

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We all have our favorite pieces by our beloved writers. But what do they think is their own best work? Inspired by an acclaimed collection published in 1942, the editors at the Quality Paperback Book Club invited fiction writers, essayists, poets, playwrights, and cartoonists to choose and comment on their best work. The result is a veritable who's who of contemporary literature and popular culture, including selections by Anne Tyler, Arthur Miller, Gary Trudeau, David Sedaris, Rita Dove, Tom Robbins, Ruth Reichl, T. C. Boyle, Mary Karr, John Updike, and dozens more. Each selection is rewarding in itself; more still for the introductions in which the author explains his or her choice, shedding light on both the work and creative process. Appealing to readers of the annual best short story collections, writers, and fans of the stellar list of contributors, This Is My Best is a landmark literary anthology.

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Library Journal
Riffing on a 1942 Story magazine anthology, the editors of the Quality Paperback Book Club invited a wide range of authors to select their best writing for this collection, including Scott Adams, Julia Alvarez, John Updike, P.D. James, Ruth Reichl, Natalie Angier, Gish Jen, Jonathan Lethem, Robert Pinsky, Barbara Kingsolver, David Sedaris, Scott Turow, and Anne Tyler. All told, 56 authors participated. Their reasons for choosing a particular story are what truly make the book worthwhile. It soon becomes clear that the authors stand in three camps when put to the task of contributing: those who demure from naming their best work and offer up some other reason for submitting a particular text; those who simply ignore the question of which of their works is the best; and those confident that a certain piece is the one. The usually brief justifications of why a work was selected are personal, reflective, insightful, neurotic, and funny. Recommended for larger public libraries.-Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780811848299
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
05/05/2005
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.62(d)

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