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…

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…

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…