The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Marjane Satrapi (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2009 I read it: April 2010 Another solid volume from the Nonrequired Reading series. Highlights from the “front section:” Best American Censorship Blunder, Best American Craigslist Items and Offers to Barter, Best American Kids’ Letters to Obama.…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Judy Blume (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2008 I read it: May 2009 Can’t go wrong with the Best American series, especially the Nonrequired Reading. Good fiction from this year is “The Elegant Rube” by Malerie Willens and “Ayana” by Stephen King. But the…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Sufjan Stevens (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2007 I read it: October 2007 Wow. This is a good series. I’m definitely going to seek out the ones from previous years. From new dictionary words to comics to short stories to dangerous ideas, this book…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Beck (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2005 I read it: September 2013 I’m trying to go back and collect and read the entire series. Unfortunately 2005 lacked a bit of the pizzazz of most other volumes. There were just a few too many duds.…

Your Whole Family is Made Out of Meat

Author/Artist: Ryan North Type: Fiction, comics, humor Full title: Your Whole Family is Made Out of Meat: The Best of Dinosaur Comics, 2003-2005 A.D. Published: 2005 I read it: April 2008 Although this book is advertised as a mere “best of” collection over the course of three years, it’s still packed with over 200 comics.…

Scouts in Bondage

Author: Michael Bell (editor) Type: Non-fiction, humor Full title: Scouts in Bondage and Other Violations of Literary Propriety Published: 2006 I read it: January 2008 This book is a series of photographed books that some old British dude has collected over the years. All have titles that are double entendres, ironic how-tos, or are just…

The Trial of Colonel Sweeto

Author/Artist: Nicholas Gurewitch Type: Fiction, comics, humor Full title: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories Published: 2007 I read it: January 2008 The Perry Bible Fellowship is one of the best webcomics, period. Artwork, humor, execution: all amazing. Having a physical copy of the genius “stories” is awesome–it’s the perfect demented coffee table…