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: May 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…

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…

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 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…

You Shall Know Our Velocity!

Author: Dave Eggers Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2002 I read it: July 2008 A pretty great book by a pretty great author. Two down-to-earth young men take a spontaneous trip abroad to try to get rid of a good chunk of change. Plans go awry, humor ensues. Some awesome emotional stuff mixed in with all…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Ray Bradbury (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2012 I read it: August 2013 Another expectedly excellent collection. The only bummer is no front section for “Best American New Band Names.” Boo! I looked forward to that part every year. Well, at least it contains……

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Guillermo del Toro (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2011 I read it: December 2012 What makes it immensely readable: The ever-entertaining front section, including portions of a fax by Don Delillo, an essay on musician M.I.A., the nouns, verbs, and adjectives used to describe…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), David Sedaris (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, humor (anthology) Published: 2010 I read it: September 2011 First, the only reason these books cannot attain perfection is because they are anthologies and there are bound to be some selections that are not as good as others. That being said, the…

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…