The Best American Essays, 2005

The Best American Essays, 2005

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The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the very best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind.

The Best American Essays 2005 includes

Roger Angell * Andrea Barrett * Jonathan Franzen * Ian Frazier * Edward Hoagland * Ted Kooser * Jonathan Lethem * Danielle Ofri * Oliver Sacks * Cathleen Schine * David Sedaris * Robert Stone * David Foster Wallace * and others

Susan Orlean, guest editor, is the author of My Kind of Place, The Orchid Thief, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, and Saturday Night. A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1982, she has also written for Outside, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Vogue.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
ISBN: 9780618357123
Branch Call Number: 814. 5408 BES 2005
Characteristics: xviii, 292 p.
Additional Contributors: Orlean, Susan
Alternative Title: American essays 2004


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May 05, 2018

The topics of the essays in this collection vary wildly. I like essays and figured it'd be a great way to delve in and discover new writers. Yes and no. It was grueling slogging my way through essays that didn't resonate with me and consequently, it took me much longer than usual to finish reading the book.

However, when I connected with an essay, it was a delight. There were several that have stayed with me, in particular David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster, Holly Welker's Satin Worship, Brian Doyle's Joyas Voladoras, and Kitty Burns Florey's Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog.

I'm glad I read it and the variety is admirable.

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