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This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their…

This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work

by Kathy Kiernan (Editor), Retha Powers (Editor)

Other authors: Scott Adams (Contributor), Ai (Contributor), Julia Alvarez (Contributor), Natalie Angier (Contributor), Paul Auster (Contributor)51 more, T.C. Boyle (Contributor), Bebe Moore Campbell (Contributor), Hayden Carruth (Contributor), Sandra Cisneros (Contributor), Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Contributor), Emma Donoghue (Contributor), Rita Dove (Contributor), Carolyn Ferrell (Contributor), Helen Fisher (Contributor), Al Franken (Contributor), Martin Gardner (Contributor), Laurie Garrett (Contributor), Marita Golden (Contributor), A.M. Homes (Contributor), Arianna Huffington (Contributor), PD James (Contributor), Gish Jen (Contributor), Mary Karr (Contributor), Barbara Kingsolver (Contributor), Maxine Hong Kingston (Contributor), Neil LaBute (Contributor), Doris Lessing (Contributor), Jonathan Lethem (Contributor), Philip Levine (Contributor), Barry Lopez (Contributor), Yann Martel (Contributor), Valerie Martin (Contributor), Arthur Miller (Contributor), Anchee Min (Contributor), Jan Morris (Contributor), Haruki Murakami (Contributor), Kathleen Norris (Contributor), Lynn Nottage (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Robert Pinsky (Contributor), Michael Pollan (Contributor), Ishmael Reed (Contributor), Ruth Reichl (Contributor), Dan Rhodes (Contributor), Tom Robbins (Contributor), Richard Rodriguez (Contributor), Witold Rybczynski (Contributor), David Sedaris (Contributor), Huston Smith (Contributor), Mark Alan Stamaty (Contributor), Gay Talese (Contributor), Garry Trudeau (Contributor), Scott Turow (Contributor), Anne Tyler (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), John A. Williams (Contributor)

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I've enjoyed dipping into this. It nhas introduced me to several authors I didn't know about. I shall be searching out some stuff by Julia Alvarez, Paul Auster, A. M. Holmes, Gish Gen, Barry Lopez, Haruki Murakami and David Sedaris (although I did know about him). And.... Gay Talese is wonderful. ( )
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I have been dipping in and out of this volume for nearly a year. Yesterday I sat down determined to finish. There are quite a few well-known authors represented, and also some I never heard of. This reminds me of my favorite music CDs – movie soundtracks. I get a nice sampling of an extremely wide-ranging variety of music. Many times, it pushes me back to the music store to get more CDs by a single artist. Sometimes it reminds me how much I detest certain styles (read Country Western).
There were also some odd selections. Al Franken reprinted a NYT review blasting his book Rush Limbaugh Is a Big, Fat Idiot. He also included a letter he wrote to the NYT responding to the review and Jean Kirkpatrick’s response to his letter. Pretty funny.
The entry by Joyce Carol Oates (one of my all-time favorite writers) was chilling and her head note offered some insight into the spate of books revolving around violence. Natalie Angier’s “Confessions of a Lonely Atheist” was wonderful, as were selections by Anne Tyler, Doris Lessing, David Sedaris, and Arianna Huffington, along with many others. Five stars!
--Jim, 6/15/07 ( )
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We all have our favorite pieces by our beloved writers. But what do they think is their own best work? Inspired by an acclaimed collection published in 1942, the editors at the Quality Paperback Book Club invited fiction writers, essayists, poets, playwrights, and cartoonists to choose and comment on their best work. The result is a veritable who's who of contemporary literature and popular culture, including selections by Anne Tyler, Arthur Miller, Gary Trudeau, David Sedaris, Rita Dove, Tom Robbins, Ruth Reichl, T. C. Boyle, Mary Karr, John Updike, and dozens more. Each selection is rewarding in itself; more still for the introductions in which the author explains his or her choice, shedding light on both the work and creative process. Appealing to readers of the annual best short story collections, writers, and fans of the stellar list of contributors, This Is My Best is a landmark literary anthology.

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