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The Best American Essays 2005 (2005)

by Susan Orlean (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)

Other authors: Roger Angell (Contributor), Robert Atwan (Foreword), Andrea Barrett (Contributor), Paul Crenshaw (Contributor), Brian Doyle (Contributor)22 more, Kitty Burns Florey (Contributor), Jonathan Franzen (Contributor), Ian Frazier (Contributor), Mark Greif (Contributor), Edward Hoagland (Contributor), Ted Kooser (Contributor), Jonathan Lethem (Contributor), E. J. Levy (Contributor), Michael Martone (Contributor), David Masello (Contributor), Danielle Ofri (Contributor), Susan Orlean (Introduction), Sam Pickering (Contributor), Oliver Sacks (Contributor), Cathleen Schine (Contributor), David Sedaris (Contributor), Paula Speck (Contributor), Bert O. States (Contributor), Robert Stone (Contributor), Ellen Ullman (Contributor), David Foster Wallace (Contributor), Holly Welker (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Essays (2005), Best American (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.… (more)

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Like any collection, there are essays that I loved and some that I skimmed (and I admit, one or two that I read a page of and then moved to the next one). Favorites? "If Memory Doesn't Serve" by [[Ian Frazier]], talking about the tricks our memory plays as we get older. "The Prince of Possibility" by [[Robert Stone]], about hanging out with Ken Kesey and friends in the 1960s. "Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog" by [[Kitty Burns Florey]], about diagramming sentences. The book is worth reading just for these 3 essays. ( )
  tloeffler | Aug 22, 2010 |
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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.

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