The Best American Series(R) First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind. "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012" includes Kevin Brockmeier, Judy Budnitz, Junot DIaz, Louise Erdrich, Nora Krug, Julie Otsuka, Eric Puchner, George Saunders, Adrian Tomine, Jess Walter, and others
About the Author
Dave Eggers is the bestselling author of seven books, including "A Hologram for the King", a finalist for the National Book Award; "Zeitoun", winner of the American Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and" What Is the What", which was a finalist for the National Book Critics" "Circle Award and won France s "Prix Medici". That book, about Valentino" "Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, which operates a secondary school in South Sudan run by Mr. Deng. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine, "The Believer: ", a" "quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries, " Wholphin", and an" "oral history series, Voice of Witness. In 2002, with Ninive Calegari he cofounded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Eggers is also the founder of ScholarMatch, a program that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition. A native of Chicago, Eggers now lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.""
Scott Cohen is an acclaimed garden designer, landscaper and swimming pool contractor whose award-winning work has been frequently showcased on HGTV and in numerous books and national magazines. A charismatic and entertaining speaker, Cohen is the author of nine design and construction books, including the award-winning Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook, Poolscapes, and Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits. He is also a construction defect expert witness and serves as a member of the California Contractors Board Industry Expert Program.
"If you need to fall in love with reading again–or just want a reminder that high school students deserve a lot more than their reading lists give them–then THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2012 is the book for you." -Bust "As a devoted fan of this series (this is the 11th volume), I can report that this year's anthology of 32 selections might be the best yet." -Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune “An eclectic annual that will leave readers marveling over many of the discoveries...category-defying... All readers will find their own favorites that justify the collection as a whole.” -Kirkus Reviews "Lively, eclectic and surprising..." -Minneapolis Star Tribune