The Good Men Project

Editors: James Houghton, Larry Bean, and Tom Matlack Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood Published: 2009 I read it: December 2015 I knew this book was a right place, right time scenario for me when the opening story was set in the city…

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…

Congratulations, by the way

Author: George Saunders Type: Non-fiction, essay Full title: Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts On Kindness Published: 2014 I read it: September 2015 This entry is really pushing (or shrinking) the limits of what you could call a “book,” but it deserves a proper review because someone actually did take the time to bind Saunders’…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Matt Groening (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, humor (anthology) Published: 2006 I read it: April 2015 This issue was apparently the first to feature the now-deceased front section. Well its inception here is strong, with an exchange between Stewart and Colbert from The Daily Show, transcipts from…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014

Author: Daniel Handler (series editor), Lemony Snicket (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry (anthology) Published: 2014 I read it: February 2015 The times they have a-changed for The Best American Nonrequired Reading series. Dave Eggers has stepped down as captain, and Daniel Handler is filling his shoes. It was a bit of…