The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017

Editor: Sarah Vowell (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, memoir Published: 2017 I read it: November 2017 If 2016 was the volume that felt like a last big inhale before American politics crashed down at the end of that year, then this year’s BANR collection is the painful exhale, reading like a…

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…

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 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…