The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-04
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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An eclectic volume introduced by Guillermo del Toro and compiled by Dave Eggers and students of his San Francisco writing center, who don't leave a stone unturned in their search for nonrequired gems.

Author Biography

Dave Eggers, editor, is the editor of McSweeney's cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in eight cities across the United States. He is the author of six books, including What Is the What, Zeitoun, and The Wild Things. Guillermo Del Toro, guest introducer, is an Academy Award-nominated writer, director, and producer. He is the creator of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Cronos, and The Devil's Backhone, among other films. Pan's Labyrinth earned prizes worldwide, including three Osears.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Best American Fax from Don DeLillo: Pen Americap. 3
Best American WikiLeaks Revelationsp. 6
Best American New Band Namesp. 13
Best American Very Short Story: from Subtropics, Padgett Powellp. 13
Best American Even Shorter Story: Harper's, Amy Hempelp. 14
Best American Lawsuitsp. 15
Best American Adjectives, Nouns, and Verbs Used in Reporting on the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010p. 16
Best American New Entries to the O.E.D. Beginning with the Letter Hp. 18
Best American Profile of an International Pop Star: GQ, Gary Shteyngartp. 19
Best American Commune Namesp. 33
Best American Ominous Place Namesp. 35
Best American Call of Duty Handlesp. 36
Best American WiFi Network Namesp. 37
Best American Best American Categories that Got Cutp. 39
Best American Mark Twain Quotes: The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1p. 39
Best American Poems Written in Response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070p. 45
Second Lives: From The New Yorkerp. 51
An Oral History of Adama Bah: From Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injusticep. 70
The Women: From www.narrativemagazine.comp. 91
We Show What We Have Learned: From Hayden's Ferry Reviewp. 107
Art of the Steal: From Wiredp. 113
Le Paris!: From How Did You Get This Numberp. 130
Game of Her Life: From ESPN The Magazinep. 155
Solitude and Leadership: From The American Scholarp. 168
The Deep: From Zoetrope: All-Storyp. 183
Orange: From Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazinep. 199
Butt and Bhatti: From Grantap. 210
Roger Ebert: The Essential Man: From Esquirep. 220
What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?: From Mother Jones?p. 236
Weber's Head: From Salamanderp. 256
For Us Surrender is out of the Question: From Mother Jonesp. 274
A Hole in the Head: From The Kenyon Reviewp. 302
The Suicide Catcher: from GQp. 337
Homing: From Agnip. 358
Pleiades: From Gulf Coastp. 370
The Imaginist: From Momep. 384
Mid-Life Cowboy: From This American Lifep. 405
Market Day: From Market Dayp. 420
The Boys' School, or the News: From Spain: From Agnip. 446
Contributors' Notesp. 463
The Best American Nonrequired Reading Committeep. 471
Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2010p. 483
About 826 Nationalp. 493
About Scholar Matchp. 499
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