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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, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is wide ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 14th 2004 by Mariner Books
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Nov 09, 2007 rated it liked it
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i had great mixed feelings about this book, which i guess is kind of a recommendation for it. if i'd agreed with all of the essays, something important would have been missing. but admittedly, i got a little exhausted by the large quantity of scientific essays.

"Good spiritual literature-- and, I would suggest, all good literature-- finds its voice in struggle, in the interlocked battles that each of us fights between truth and illusion, hope and despair, love of other and love o
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Patty
I have many of the volumes in this series and I like them all. I can't just sit down and read these essays and poems straight through, this is a book to savor. There is no question as to why these are picked as the best.

I especially liked the poetry by Cairns, Levine, Hoey and Wright. One of my favorite authors, Kathleen Norris has an essay and I also enjoyed Natalie Goldberg. It is hard to pick the essays I liked the best, but Robin Cody's was amazing and Miroslav Volf's essay on God's shining
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