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Every autumn, readers of short stories eagerly look forward to the chance to discover their favorite writers and new talents in The Best American Short Stories. Last year's collection marched on to bestseller lists across the country and met with acclaim from critics who declared it "a brilliant work of art." Marking the eightieth anniversary of the series, the 1995 volume ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Houghton Mifflin
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Will
I am unsure of whether these stories are best when read in the order in which they're presented, but on the whole, they are worth reading. For the most part, they are well-written, structurally varied and deeply felt pieces that have to do with slightly skewed everyday situations. Though there is a sadness to them, stories like Max Garland's "Chiromancy" and Andrea Barrett's "The Behavior of the Hawkweeds" have some of the best development I've seen. A list of the stories included is as follows: ...more
Stephen Dorneman
Another solid Best American collection. Despite the editor's occasional favoring of quirk (Andrew Cozine's "Hand Jive") or beauty of language (Jennifer Cornell's "Undertow," Jamaica Kincaid's "Xuela") over story, there's plenty to appreciate here that will stick with you long after the quirks and beauties are forgotten.

My personal favorites were: Edward Falco's "The Artist," the story of not-quite-a-marital-indiscretion told from two very different, both complex, perspectives; Kate Braverman's "
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Alex
I bought The Best American Short Stories 2007, 1993, & 1995 at Pranga (a local used book store) and the others I bought during their respective years of publication. They inspire me because the stories are great, and other times I'm inspired because the stories are lousy, and they piss me off for the same reasons. As of 3-14-08 I've read 90% of 2007, 50% of '93 & '95, and 100% of the others. I added them all to goodreads on the same night with the same review because I am lazy and addres ...more
Konrad Swartz
Favorite of the bunch:

Daniel Orozco - Orientation
Peter Ho Davies - The Ugliest House in the World
Edward J. Delaney - The Drowning
Don DeLillo - The Angel Esmeralda
Edward Falco - The Artist

Which suggests I am a sucker for short stories with titles beginning with the definite article 'the,' but let it be known, other "The ____" short stories in the collection, Ellen Gilchrist - The Stucco House & Andrea Barrett - The Behavior of the Hawkweeds, left very little impression at all. But 4 out of 6
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Kelly Paprocki
Excellent

Peter Ho Davies The Ugliest House in the World
Gish Jen Birthmates
Jennifer C Cornell Undertow
Joy Williams Honored Guest

Great

Edward J Delaney The Drowning
Stephen Dobyns So I Guess You Know What I Told Him
Andrew Cozine Hand Jive
Steven Polansky Leg
Thom Jones Way Down Deep in the Jungle


Kathleen
I love reading short stories. Most of the ones in this version were quite well written.
Tanya
I like short stories. In fact I know I have read others in the past from the same series but from other years. In this book, my favorite story would have to be the first on with a "First day on the Job". Very funny and yet sometimes very true.
Kate Sweeney
Just finished the Ellen Gilchrist story, and for these 20 pages or so alone, I am extraordinarily glad that I picked this up for a coupla dollars at a used bookstore. I'd have bought it new.
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Orientation Daniel Orozco
Way down deep in the jungle Thom Jones
Hand jive Andrew Cozine
First, body Melaine Rae Thon

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"Leg" by Steven Polansky
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Eric
The short story First Day on the Job is hilarious.
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Jane Smiley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and graduated from John Burroughs School. She obtained a A.B. at Vassar College, then earned a M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. While working towards her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar
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