The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

by Jessica Handler

10 December 2010

 
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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

Edited by Dave Eggers

(Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
US: Oct 2010

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 is instant literary hipster cred, and that’s the first reason to take this garrulous, enthusiastic book to heart. I’d recommend keeping a copy on your person in case you need to dazzle a stranger.

Most of us can’t find the time to read everything that crosses the threshold. Dave Eggers and the smart folks at 826 National have made it their business to make sure we get the best of the offbeat best.

Take out a pencil and mark each item in table of contents of The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 with “already read it” or “meant to read it”. Good anthologies are like that, and all 496 pages here are guaranteed to increase your smart and sassy quotient.

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