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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 by Dave Eggers
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bookshelves: 2009-read, anthologies, borrowed, culture, essays, humour, non-fiction

Anthologies are always a mixed bag. Often their individual stories will be compelling but not harmonious, making the entire book difficult to read as a whole. Other times, the stories will be harmonious but mediocre. The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 avoids both these pitfalls with a strong selection of stories that work well together. It was a pleasure to read.

Some highlights:

- "Best American Names of Television Programs Taken to Their Logical Conclusions" by Joe O'Neill
- "Rock the Junta" by Scott Carrier
- "What Is Your Dangerous Idea?" by the Edge Foundation
- "Selling the General" by Jennifer Egan
- "How to Tell Stories to Children" by Miranda July
- "All Aboard the Bloated Boat: Arguments in Favor of Barry Bonds" by Lee Klein
- Excerpts from Darfur Diaries (so interesting I've marked that book as to-read)
- "The Big Suck: Notes from the Jarhead Underground" by David J. Morris

The size of the above list should give you an idea of how good this book is; that's a significant percentage of all the stories in the book. And your mileage may vary. But for something that's only 350 pages, this is a very economical investment (in terms of both time and money) and utterly enjoyable.
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Reading Progress

April 26, 2009 – Shelved
June 16, 2009 – Shelved as: 2009-read
June 16, 2009 – Shelved as: anthologies
June 16, 2009 – Shelved as: borrowed
June 16, 2009 – Shelved as: culture
June 16, 2009 – Shelved as: essays
June 16, 2009 – Shelved as: humour
June 16, 2009 – Shelved as: non-fiction
Started Reading
June 17, 2009 – Finished Reading

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