Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003

ISBN-10: 0618246967

ISBN-13: 9780618246960

Edition: 2003

Authors: Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers

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Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, the very best pieces are selected by an editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field, making the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind. Dave Eggers, who will be editing The Best American Nonrequired Reading annually, has once again chosen the best and least-expected fiction, nonfiction, satire, investigative reporting, alternative comics, and more from publications large, small, and on-line -- The Onion, The New Yorker, Shout, Time, Zoetrope, Tin House,,and McSweeney's, to name just a few. Read on for "Some of the best literature you haven't been reading . . . And it's fantastic. All of it." (St. Petersburg Times). Lynda Barry Jonathan Safran Foer Lisa Gabriele Andrea Lee J. T. Leroy Nasdijj ZZ Packer David Sedaris
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/10/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Dave Eggers was born on March 12th, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois when he was a child. Eggers attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, until his parents' deaths in 1991 and 1992. The loss left him responsible for his eight-year-old brother and later became the inspiration for his highly acclaimed memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". Published in 2000, the memoir was nominated for a nonfiction Pulitzer the following year. Eggers edits the popular "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" published annually. In 1998, he founded the independent publishing house, McSweeney's which publishes a variety of magazines and literary journals. Eggers has also opened several nonprofit writing centers for high school students across the United States. Eggers has written several novels and his title, A Hologram for the King, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. His most recent work of fiction, entitled The Circle, was published in 2013.

Zadie Smith is the author of White Teeth.

Introduction: Dead Men Talking
What Sacagawea Means to Me (from Time)
Common Scents (from One! Hundred! Demons!)
The Littlest Hitler (from Mississippi Review)
Tales of the Tyrant (from Atlantic Monthly)
The Meticulous Grove of Black and Green (from Alaska Quarterly Review)
Visiting Hours (from Harper's Magazine)
Things We Knew When the House Caught Fire (from Little Engines)
A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease (from The New Yorker)
The Guide to Being a Groupie (from
Love and Other Catastrophes: a Mix Tape (from Story Quarterly)
The Pretenders (from New York Times Magazine)
Saint Chola (from McSweeney's)
Rana Fegrina (from Tin House)
Golden Chariot (from Zoetrope)
Stuff (from 7 x 7)
Three Days. A Month. More. (from Alaska Quarterly Review)
Touching Him (from Columbia Review)
I'll Try Anything with a Detached Air of Superiority (from The Onion)
How Susie Bayer's T-Shirt Ended Up on Yusuf Mama's Back (from New York Times Magazine)
The Ant of the Self (from The New Yorker)
How to Write Suspense (from Modern Humorist)
Rooster at the Hitchin' Post (from Esquire)
Astroturf: How Manufactured "Grassroots" Movements are Subverting Democracy (from Shout)
Lost Boys (from Pindeldyboz)
Riot Baby (Life in South Central Los Angeles (from Esquire)
Contributors' Notes
Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2002
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