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 the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 is a selection for young people of the best literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals: from the New Yorker, Jane, Rolling Stone, Zyzzyva, Vibe, The Onion, Spin, Epoch, Time, Little Engines, Modern Humorist, Esquire, and more. Dave Eggers has chosen the highlights of 2001 for this genre-busting collection that includes new fiction, essays, satire, journalism -- and much more. From Eric Schlosser on french fries to Elizabeth McKenzie on awful family to Seaton Smith on how to "jive" with your teen, The Best American Nonrequried Reading 2002 is the first and the best.
Though it sold briskly when first published in 1866, Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo (1802-1885), is rarely read in the U.S. today. In time for the bicentenary of Hugo's birth, Modern Library has commissioned a new translation by Scot James Hogarth for the first unabridged English edition of the novel, which tells the story of an illiterate fisherman from the Channel Islands who must free a ship that has run aground in order to win the hand of the woman he loves, a shipowner's daughter. Gilliat, the embattled fisherman, contends with sea storms and monstrous predators that Hugo describes in exhilarating detail. Intended to be part of a triptych with Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the book laments the living conditions of impoverished workers, while celebrating their ingenuity and discipline. (Sept. 17) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Title: The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002
Author: Dave Eggers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date Published: October 2002
Table of Contents:
|The Lost Boys||9|
|Naji's Taliban Phase||15|
|Hubcap Diamondstar Halo||49|
|Toil and Temptation||61|
|Stop that Girl||81|
|The Nice New Radicals||95|
|Local Hipster Overexplaining Why he was at the Mall||105|
|Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-to-Door Trying to Shock People||109|
|Journal of a New Cobra Recruit||113|
|My Fake Job||117|
|Fourth Angry Mouse||133|
|Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good||151|
|To Make a Friend, be a Friend||185|
|"Jiving" with Your Teen||217|
|Selections from Please don't Kill the Freshman||255|
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