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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 by Dave Eggers
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really liked it

Even though this book is short stories and articles taken from magazines, etc. I enjoyed it a lot (I'm not a short story fan). The excerpts of graphic novels (cartoons to us laymen) I found sort of inexplicable, not remarkable drawing, the words utterly not compelling to me, why are they here? Can't say. My two favorites maybe were Bill Clinton--Public Citizen which follows Clinton on a tour of Africa where his NGO does a lot of work, The Dreamer Did Not Exist, sort of "autobiographical fiction" by David Gessner. Gessner tackles the fact that all of us humans are rushing headlong toward our own deaths, and all of us do not know what death is. If this is not an interesting fact, then I'm not human. His conclusion? Well, there's no conclusion, is there, just a lame, do the best you can and maybe barbecue some pork before you die, and there you have it.

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February 22, 2009 – Shelved
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April 2, 2009 – Finished Reading

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