The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Zadie Smith (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, humor (anthology) Published: 2003 I read it:┬áMay 2017 2003. The first year of the Iraq war. The release year of a bunch of my favorite albums before I turned more noticeably into new tastes. A full decade before my first…

Through the Woods

Author and artist: Emily Carroll Type: Fiction, comic Published: 2014 I read it: October 2016 A coworker sent me a link to Emily Carroll’s site and for some reason I had forgotten that I actually read one of her stories (“Our Neighbor’s House,” from this collection) in BANR 2015. Either way, I enjoyed the online…

The Arrival

Author and artist: Shaun Tan Type: Fiction, comic Published: 2006 I read it: August 2016 Here’s another graphic novel I saw sitting around at camp, this time as part of a Stories Without Words activity, in which the kids basically drew wordless comics. I’d actually had The Arrival on my TBR shelf for a long…

El Deafo

Author and artist: Cece Bell Type: Fiction, comic, memoir Published: 2014 I read it: August 2016 Our theme this year at Camp Quest Minnesota was Language and Communication, so our program directors collected books to suit the camp sessions. Our group of counselors was informed that El Deafo was a hit with the campers, so…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004

Author: Dave Eggers (editor), Viggo Mortensen (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics Published: 2004 I read it: November 2015 Though this is not one of my favorite BANR collections it does have one of my favorite intros, by Viggo Mortensen. Those DVD extras of The Lord of the Rings made him seem like…