The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

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  • Edition: Original
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/5/2010
  • Publisher: Mariner Books

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The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, the very best pieces are selected by a leading writer in the field, making the Best American series the most respected - and most popular - of its kind. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Dave Eggers is the editor of McSweeney’s and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of four books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry.

Table of Contents

Editor's Notep. xi
Introductionp. xv
Best American Woman Comedy Piece Written by a Woman: From www.therumpus.netp. 3
Best American Sentences on Page 50 of Books Published in 2009p. 5
Best American Magazine Letters Section: From Newsweekp. 8
Best American Fast-Food-Related Crimesp. 10
Best American Gun Magazine Headlinesp. 11
Best American Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: From Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreakp. 13
Best American New Patents: From United States Patent and Trademark Officep. 14
Best American Tweets: From www.twitter.comp. 16
Best American Letter to the Editor: From Bidounp. 17
Best American Overqualified Cover Letters: From Overqualifiedp. 18
Best American Fictional Character Namesp. 22
Best American 350-Word Story: From Orionp. 23
Best American Farm Namesp. 24
Best American First Lines of Poems Published in 2009p. 26
Best American Journal Article Titles Published in 2009p. 28
Best American Illustrated Missed Connections: From www.missedconnectionsny.blogspot.comp. 29
Best American New Band Namesp. 37
Best American Lawsuitsp. 38
Best American Poems Written in the Last Decade or So by Soldiers and Citizens in Iraq and Afghanistanp. 40
War Dances: From War Dancesp. 49
Like I Was Jesus: From Harper's Magazinep. 75
Burying Jeremy Green: From Shenandoahp. 95
The Carnival: From Momep. 104
Capital Gains: From Grantap. 137
The Encirclement: From Grantap. 165
Man of Steel: From Ninth Letterp. 180
Half Beat: From The Greensboro Reviewp. 198
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: From San Francisco Panoramap. 213
Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemercier. The Photographer: From The Photographer, translated from French by Alexis Siegelp. 238
What, of this Goldfish, Would You Wish?: From Tin House, translated from Hebrew by Nathan Englanderp. 262
Fed to The Streets: From L.A. Weeklyp. 268
The Tiger's Wife: From The New Yorkerp. 287
Breakdown: From Momep. 308
Ideas: From The Paris Review, translated from Spanish by Mara Faye Lethemp. 316
Vanish: From Wiredp. 323
Seven Months, Ten Days in Captivity: From New York Timesp. 345
Tent City, U. S. A.: From GQp. 395
The Nice Little People: From Zoetrope: All-Storyp. 431
Freedom: From Boston Reviewp. 439
Contributors' Notesp. 456
The Best American Nonrequired Reading Committeep. 463
Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2009p. 472
About 826 Nationalp. 479
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Love that textbook April 2, 2011
There are always stories, essays etc I might not normally read in these textbooks, and that's part of the reason I love them. I read everything, and while I don't like everything, why would I expect to? What I especially love is being surprised by the stuff I wouldn't expect to like and do. Some of these stories made me cry and some made me laugh until I cried. Highly recommended!
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