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The Best American Series: 16 Short Stories & Essays

by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. This special edition contains selections from the following 2016 editions:The Best American Essays edited by Jonathan FranzenThe Best American Mystery Stories edited by Elizabeth GeorgeThe Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Amy StewartThe Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Karen Joy FowlerThe Best American Short Stories edited by Junot DiazThe Best American Travel Writing edited by Bill BrysonThe Best American Sports Writing edited by Rick TelanderThe Best American Nonrequired Reading edited by Rachel Kushner Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. The special guest editor then chooses the 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 Short Stories 1978

by Ted Solotaroff

Short stories by Ian McEwan, Max Schott, Paul Bowles, Peter Marsh, James Kaplan, Joy Williams, Mark Helprin, Peter Taylor, Tim McCarthy, Stanley Elkin, Harold Brodkey, Leslie Epstein, Natalie Petesch, Robert Sorrells, Jonathan Baumbach, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Cullinan, Gilbert Sorrentino, Lhluchan Sintetos, Theodore Solotaroff, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, John Gardner, Mary Ann Malinchak Rishel, and more.

The Best American Short Stories 1981

by Hortense Calisher

An anthology of the Best American Short Series both fiction and non fiction by such acclaimed authors as nn Beattie, John Updike, Cynthia Ozick, Louis D. Rubin, Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, Elizabeth Tallent, Hortense Calisher, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hardwick, and many others. Featuring Hortense Calisher as the guest editor and writing the introduction to this novel in the series.

The Best American Short Stories 1982

by John Gardner

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.

The Best American Short Stories 1983

by Anne Tyler

Short Stories by Ann Tyler, Bill Barich, John Updike, Carolyn Chute, Ursula K. Le Guin, Raymond Carver, and many others.

The Best American Short Stories 1984

by John Updike

This anthology has been striving to contain the best short stories by some of the writers in American literature, featuring short fiction predominantly.

The Best American Short Stories 1991

by Alice Adams

This book brings out the best short fiction of the year, selected by Alice Adams. Stories from Updike, Bass, Gordon and more are included in this book.

The Best American Short Stories 1993

by Louise Erdrich

A compilation of short Stories by Andrea Lee, Thom Jones, John Updike, Mary Gordon, Joanna Scott, Diane Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Harlan Ellison, and Alice Munro.

The Best American Short Stories 1994

by Tobias Wolff

This is one of the most well edited collections of contemporary short stories on the market. It may be a few years old by now, but most of the "must read" writers, as well as surprisingly good lesser-known are included.

The Best American Short Stories 1995

by Jane Smiley

Yearly anthology of the best short stories of 1995, selected by Jane Smiley.

The Best American Short Stories 1996

by John Edgar Wideman

Yearly anthology of the best short stories, selected this year by John Edgar Wideman.

The Best American Short Stories 1998

by Garrison Keillor

Edited by beloved storyteller Garrison Keillor, this year's volume promises to be full of humor, surprises, and, as always, accomplished writing by new and familiar voices. The preeminent short fiction series since 1915, "The Best American Short Stories" is the only volume that annually offers the finest works chosen by a distinguished best-selling author.

The Best American Short Stories 1999

by Amy Tan

The stories in this volume deal with modern themes such as the problem of immigration, the problems of death and dying, and the problems of life and its meaning. The stories are written by authors from various cultures and explore issues from a multi-cultural context.

The Best American Short Stories 2000

by E. L. Doctorow

Despite increasing competition, this annual collection remains the place to find the most compelling short fiction published in the U.S. and Canada. To usher in the new millennium, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2000 brims with a rich variety of lyrical and wise stories about our country's past, present, and future. This year"s editor, the best-selling author E. L. Doctorow, has chosen new works by Raymond Carver, Amy Bloom, Ha Jin, Walter Mosley, and Jhumpa Lahiri, among others.

The Best American Short Stories 2001

by Barbara Kingsolver

This year's Best American Short Stories is edited by the critically acclaimed and best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, whose latest book is Prodigal Summer. Kingsolver's selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 showcase a wide variety of new voices and masters, such as Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Dorothy West, and John Updike. Reading these stories was both a distraction from and an anchor to the complexities of my life - my pleasure, my companionship, my salvation. I hope they will be yours.

The Best American Short Stories 2003

by Walter Mosley

Yearly anthology of the best short stories, selected this year by Walter Mosley.

The Best American Short Stories 2004

by Lorrie Moore

Contemplating the appeal of the short story, Lorrie Moore writes in her introduction, "A story's very shortness ensures its largeness of accomplishment, its selfhood and purity. Having long lost its ability to pay an author's rent (in that golden blip between Henry James and television, F. Scott Fitzgerald, for one, wrote stories to fund his novels), the short story has been freed of its commercial life to become serious art, by virtually its every practitioner. As a result, short or long, a story lies less. It sings and informs and blurts. It has nothing to lose." The twenty stories in this year's volume sing to and inform the reader with honesty, intelligence, and often humor. Charles D'Ambrosio's story, "Screenwriter," explores romance in a mental hospital. In "Limestone Diner," Trudy Lewis lays bare one family's strained history in central Missouri. Angela Pneuman's hilarious "All Saints Day" gives readers a child's-eye view of religious fundamentalism. And in John Edgar Wideman's profound story, "What We Cannot Speak About We Must Pass Over in Silence," friendship leads to a meditation on freedom and fairness. Lorrie Moore has selected twenty stories that rejoice in the absurdities of life, consider the hard truths, and arrive at potent moments of understanding. With The Best American Short Stories 2004 "Lorrie Moore has done writers and readers a great service," Katrina Kenison writes in her foreword, "for her own love of the form and keen sensibility have resulted in a volume that fairly hums with life."

The Best American Short Stories 2007

by Stephen King Heidi Pitlor

20 of the finest American short stories, edited by Stephen King. Includes contributor's notes, the titles of 100 other distinguished stories, and the editorial addresses of American and Canadian magazines that publish short stories.

The Best American Short Stories 2009

by Alice Sebold

The collection boasts great variety from "famous to first-timers, sifted from major magazines and little reviews, grand and little worlds."

The Best American Short Stories 2011

by Heidi Pitlor Geraldine Brooks

The Best American Series® First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the 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 Short Stories 2011 includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Jennifer Egan, Nathan Englander, Allegra Goodman, Ehud Havazelet, Rebecca Makkai, Steven Millhauser, George Saunders, Mark Slouka, and others

The Best American Short Stories 2013

by Heidi Pitlor Elizabeth Strout

"As our vision becomes more global, our storytelling is stretching in many ways. Stories increasingly change point of view, switch location, and sometimes pack as much material as a short novel might," writes guest editor Elizabeth Strout. "It's the variety of voices that most indicates the increasing confluence of cultures involved in making us who we are." The Best American Short Stories 2013 presents an impressive diversity of writers who dexterously lead us into their corners of the world.In "Miss Lora," Junot Díaz masterfully puts us in the mind of a teenage boy who throws aside his better sense and pursues an intimate affair with a high school teacher. Sheila Kohler tackles innocence and abuse as a child wanders away from her mother, in thrall to a stranger she believes is the "Magic Man." Kirstin Valdez Quade's "Nemecia" depicts the after-effects of a secret, violent family trauma. Joan Wickersham's "The Tunnel" is a tragic love story about a mother's declining health and her daughter's helplessness as she struggles to balance her responsibility to her mother and her own desires. New author Callan Wink's "Breatharians" unsettles the reader as a farm boy shoulders a grim chore in the wake of his parents' estrangement."Elizabeth Strout was a wonderful reader, an author who knows well that the sound of one's writing is just as important as and indivisible from the content," writes series editor Heidi Pitlor. "Here are twenty compellingly told, powerfully felt stories about urgent matters with profound consequences."

The Best American Short Stories 2015

by Heidi Pitlor T. C. Boyle

In his introduction to this one hundredth volume of the beloved Best American Short Stories, guest editor T. C. Boyle writes, "The Model T gave way to the Model A and to the Ferrari and the Prius . . . modernism to postmodernism and post-postmodernism. We advance. We progress. We move on. But we are part of a tradition." Boyle's choices of stories reflect a vibrant range of characters, from a numb wife who feels alive only in the presence of violence to a new widower coming to terms with his sudden freedom, from a missing child to a champion speedboat racer. These stories will grab hold and surprise, which according to Boyle is "what the best fiction offers, and there was no shortage of such in this year's selections." Mulling over the question of character likability, series editor Heidi Pitlor asks, "Did I like these characters? I very much liked reading their stories, as did T. C. Boyle." Here are characters who "are living, breathing people who screw up terribly and want and need and think uneasy thoughts." T. C. BOYLE, guest editor, has published fifteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988 for his novel World's End and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau Prize for excellence in nature writing. His most recent book is the novel The Harder They Come. HEIDI PITLOR, series editor, is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.

The Best American Short Stories of the Century

by John Updike Katrina Kenison

memorable short stories from the 1900's from some of our best-known authors.

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004

by Philip Zaleski

It is said that we live in a secular age, yet religion and spirituality, belief and practice, are ever more powerful forces in contemporary culture, shaping both personal lives and world events. The newest addition to the acclaimed Best American series reflects this trend, bringing us the year's finest writing about faith and spirituality from a rich array of traditions sure to enrich the lives of all readers. Included is the work of some of our finest poets -- Mark Doty, W. S. Merwin, Philip Levine -- and most original essayists. Spiritual insight comes in both expected and unexpected places: Thomas Lynch writes of his work as an undertaker, Sallie Tisdale witnesses the miracle of an elephant's birth, and Patricia Monaghan finds consolation in Heisenberg's theory during a period of intense grief. In his introduction, Jack Miles writes, "American spiritual writing at its best is, in sum, a pluriform, multifarious acknowledgment of discomfiture and an opening of exits into a wider world . . . The reader is led to this volume, I imagine, by the question: 'There must be something more. Where can I find it?' The contributors to this volume answer, in effect: 'You will find it when it finds you.'"

The Best American Sports Writing 1991

by Glenn Stout David Halberstam

This book gives insights into a wide range of usual and unusual sports like pigeon racing, shuffleboard and many others. It explains the complexities involved in the sports.

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