The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010


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ISBN-13: 9780547241630
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Series: Best American Nonrequired Reading Series
Pages: 484
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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.

David Sedaris is the author of six books, including When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International’s This American Life.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note xi

Introduction David Sedaris xv


Best American Woman Comedy Piece Written by a Woman: From Wendy Molyneux 3

Best American Sentences on Page 50 of Books Published in 2009 5

Best American Magazine Letters Section: From Newsweek Stephen Colbert 8

Best American Fast-Food-Related Crimes 10

Best American Gun Magazine Headlines 11

Best American Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: From Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak 13

Best American New Patents: From United States Patent and Trademark Office 14

Best American Tweets: From 16

Best American Letter to the Editor: From Bidoun 17

Best American Overqualified Cover Letters: From Overqualified Joey Comeau 18

Best American Fictional Character Names 22

Best American 350-Word Story: From Orion Barry Lopez 23

Best American Farm Names 24

Best American First Lines of Poems Published in 2009 26

Best American Journal Article Titles Published in 2009 28

Best American Illustrated Missed Connections: From Sophie Blackall 29

Best American New Band Names 37

Best American Lawsuits 38

Best American Poems Written in the Last Decade or So by Soldiers and Citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan 40


War Dances: From War Dances Sherman Alexie 49

Like I Was Jesus: From Harper's Magazine Rachel Aviv 75

Burying Jeremy Green: From Shenandoah Nora Bonner 95

The Carnival: From Mome Lilli Carré 104

Capital Gains: From Granta Rana Dasgupta 137

The Encirclement: From Granta Tamas Dobozy 165

Man of Steel: From Ninth Letter Bryan Furuness 180

Half Beat: From The Greensboro Review Elizabeth Gonzalez 198

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: From San Francisco Panorama Andrew Sean Greer 213

Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemercier. The Photographer: From The Photographer, translated from French by Alexis Siegel Emmanuel Guibert 238

What, of this Goldfish, Would You Wish?: From Tin House, translated from Hebrew by Nathan Englander Etgar Keret 262

Fed to The Streets: From L.A. Weekly Courtney Moreno 268

The Tiger's Wife: From The New Yorker Téa Obreht 287

Breakdown: From Mome T. Ott 308

Ideas: From The Paris Review, translated from Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem Patricio Pron 316

Vanish: From Wired Evan Ratliff 323

Seven Months, Ten Days in Captivity: From New York Times David Rohde 345

Tent City, U. S. A.: From GQ George Saunders 395

The Nice Little People: From Zoetrope: All-Story Kurt Vonnegut 431

Freedom: From Boston Review Amy Waldman 439

Contributors' Notes 456

The Best American Nonrequired Reading Committee 463

Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2009 472

About 826 National 479

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jennmaine on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This annual series is one of the few that collects such a consistently high-quality and eclectic body of American non-fiction. Dave Eggers edits and the selection committee consists of high-school students from California and Michigan. From quick humorous lists (Best American New Band Names) to comics, essays, poetry, online content (Best American Tweets) and longer excerpts, there is much here to keep most readers interested. Reluctant high-school readers might be drawn in by their peers' involvement in the selection process. David Sedaris, Sherman Alexie, and Kurt Vonnegut are represented.
jcwlib on LibraryThing 28 days ago
My finance LOVES this series and after hearing him describe some of the stories in this collection I decided to read it. I wasn't too impressed with the first part which focused on ephemera, poems, patents, etc. From the second part I enjoyed the following stories:Burying Jeremy Green by Nora Bonner (from 'Shenandoah') - story of 5th graders acting out scenes after a runaway prisoner escapes and has a standoff with police in their playground. Interesting look at children processing a traumatic event like that.Man of Steel by Bryan Furuness (from 'Ninth Letter') - story of a boy who see's a commercial about coincidences and starts to have "superpowers" seeing visions. He predicts his father is going to die one night which causes events that make him realize these visions aren't real. Vanish by Evan Ratliff (from Wired) - story of Evan disappearing for a month while Wired offered a contest & $5k prize if a reader found him. In the end Evan's love of soccer & gluten free pizza leads the readers to him.Seven Months, Ten Days in Captivity by David Rohde (from New York Times) - story of how David was kidnapped and escaped by the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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