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The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Our annual anthology of finalists and winners of the National Magazine Awards 2014 includes Max Chafkin's oral history of Apple from "Fast Company," Joshua Davis's intimate portrait of tech pioneer John McAfee's personal and public breakdown from "Wired"; Kyle Dickman's haunting investigation into the preventable death of nineteen firemen battling an Arizona wildfire; and ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Columbia University Press (first published November 1st 2014)
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Sylvia
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book on 4/11/2015 and am now just getting to write a small blurb about it (ugh, work!). I digress....

I'm not quite sure how I happened upon this book, but I am glad that I did. I never knew that awards were given out for magazine articles. In hindsight, I suppose I should have known that such awards existed, but oh well. Next to books, magazines are among my favorite things to read. The hectic schedule at my soul- sucking job leaves little time for me to read the magazines I curr
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Gina
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Even though I generally dislike celebrity profiles, I was surprised to enjoy the one of Michael Jordan, which shows a side of him that someone whose major recognition of him comes from Soace Jam and Nike shoes wouldn't necessarily know. Other great essays include Lisa Miller's "Orders of Grief" about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting in that town, Matthew Shaer's "The Sinking of the Bounty," and the famous Steven Brill Time article "Bitter Pill." Even though the introduction by ASME presi ...more
Ron Turner
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great selection of articles. Among my favorites:

Profiles of the Boston Marathon bombers, a retired Michael Jordan, eccentric tech tycoon John McAfee who's accused of murder in Belize, and a severely disabled man who runs marathons.

A brilliant expose of America's for-profit healthcare industry.

Tragic accounts of migrants trying to make it to Australia, the survivors of Sandy Hook, a travel writer's miscarriage during a trip to Mongolia, the sinking of the replica ship Bounty during Hurricane Sand
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Karen
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read many of the articles in The Best American Magazine Writing, 2014 when they were initially published. Having the opportunity to read them together has been delightful These articles are inspiring, thought-provoking and enraging. Steven Brill's masterpiece about our medical system and it's dysfunction, the Rolling piece on the younger brother in the Boston marathon bombing and the account of The Bounty were gripping. Lisa Miller's moving account of the aftermath of the Newtown school shooti ...more
Margaret Sankey
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Because I can't keep up with all the magazines, I always enjoy this curated cull of the best articles across a variety of categories--from criticism to profiles, investigative reporting to memoir. This year's crop includes sensitive investigations of the community aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, an architectural review of the Seattle Public Library, a portrait of Michael Jordan in unquiet retirement, background on the Boston Marathon bombers and their experience as Chechen emigres and a w ...more
Patti K
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This recent collection of award-winning articles in magazines last year
is worthwhile reading. There is one about the horrendous fire in Arizona
when 19 firefighters lost their lives in an accident. A portrait of Michael
Jordan on his fiftieth birthday. A portrait of the Boston Marathon bombing
suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A good variety of subjects explored here.
Chris Tempel
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
A lot of these stories exist to confirm with some pretense of authority what many readers would like to hear (that Michael Jordan is very competitive but also a little sad, that a woman can birth babies after 35, etc etc.) Though i take great pleasure in reading stuff like this "at the dentist's office".
Leshia
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This anthology of award-winning journalism has some real gems that I might not have otherwise read. The Rolling Stone article on the Tsarnev brothers was so well-reported and also chilling. I loved the Esquire profile on Matt Damon, and there's a simply amazing article from Runner's World called "Bret, Unbroken" that is a must-read.
Kris
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Ugh! Finally done. Read this cover to cover, every story. Some rather interesting ones, and some rather boring ones. Took me far too long, with many long breaks between readings. Read excerpts, not the whole thing.
Caroline Robelen
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read *The Best American Magazine Writing 2014* over the summer for AP Language and Composition. Although I was not looking forward to it, I loved the book. I was able to challenge myself and read articles that I never would have considered before. I'm excited to read the 2015 edition.
Jamie
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I counted. I have 15 years' worth of this series. This is the first cover to cover read since 2002. Good stuff.
Michelle
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pop-culture
Read it! The first two articles were a little bland but after that; not a dull one in the bunch.
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