The best american nonrequired reading books
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THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING
Eggers, the very hip publisher of McSweeny's , edits this first book in a new series from the Best American imprint intended for readers aged 15 to Both the series editor, Michael Cart, and Eggers neglect to explain what makes these 22 pieces instances of "non-required reading," but it seems to mean cool stuff in fiction or nonfiction. The article relates a hoax Rothman pulled: he hung out at a dot-com company, pretending to be employed there. The stir concerned the truthfulness of Rothman's account—but truthful or not, the piece is not worth preserving. The satiric pieces from the Onion are similarly past their shelf dates, and the Seaton Smith piece from Modern Humorist " 'Jiving' with your Teen" , while funny, is not peak funny, the way Modern Humorist 's political satire is.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Oct While the premise of the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology has sometimes been suspect, its motivation and regular development has always been righteous. Started in by Dave Eggers who stayed in the role of editor through the 12th edition in and developed through his national non-profit Valencia and eventually National literacy initiative, this collection of non-fiction, graphic narratives, and fiction is regularly selected by a group of students usually between the ages of Each volume has featured interesting introductory essays from such disparate authors as Zadie Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Beck, Guillermo del Toro, and Ray Bradbury -- people who have comfortably embraced and in turn been embraced by the conventional required and unconventional nonrequired. One of the distinguishing features of this series is the routinely cheeky and optimistic bios of the selection committee complete with thumbnail photos at the end of the book.
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Thank you! The themes are often quite grown-up, too. A story early on, for instance, by the Chinese writer Qiu Miaojin, features alcohol, albeit alcohol ejected from the body in ways teenagers will understand, and same-sex lovemaking, accompanied by lashings of angst. And then I had a slave. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!