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…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Walter Mosley (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2013 I read it: August 2014 Nonrequired reading. You know I love this series. Let’s get to the good stuff: Right out the gate, the first entry in the front section is the Best American American…

Lyrics and Poems

Author: John K. Samson Type: Fiction, poetry Full title: Lyrics and Poems: 1997-2012 Published: 2012 I read it: December 2012 This nifty little volume compiles all of John K. Samson’s lyrics from The Weakerthans plus his solo outing (though the “Little Pictures” EP is curiously missing). As a fan, it is a lot of fun…

I Am Very Far

Author: Will Sheff Type: Fiction, poetry Full title: I Am Very Far: The Lyrics Published: 2011 I read it: May 2011 Up front: this is an actual book, not just the liner notes to the Okkervil River album. Sheff’s book is a beautiful hardcover, with a golden inlay of Will Schaff’s dog duo from the…

Come On All You Ghosts

Author: Matthew Zapruder Type: Fiction, poetry Published: 2010 I read it: March 2013 Zapruder uses a flowing, circling, just-dancing-away style to contribute to poetry’s primary aim: connect the biggest ideas with the tiniest of moments. This poet’s odd corridors sometimes stray a bit past the accessible, but then stunners like “Dobby’s Sweatshirt” or “Automated Regret…