The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017

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Sarah Vowell, 826 National
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 3, 2017 - Literary Collections - 400 pages
“A gift . . . One wonders how the world might be different if works in The Best American Nonrequired Reading were indeed required.” —USA Today

Sarah Vowell, author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States and other best-selling titles "gilded with snark, buoyant on charm" (NPR), worked with the students of the 826 Valencia writing lab to edit this year's anthology. They compiled new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and the category-defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection.
 

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Contents

Fable
2
One Person Means Alone
4
How to Stop a Black Snake
21
The Trouble
25
Excerpt from Maximum Sunlight
44
So Subtle a Catch
69
Uncanny Valley
79
I Used to be a Human Being
96
A Correspondence with Elena Ferrante
228
Giant
244
Tattoo
248
Peace Shall Destroy Many
261
The Rockefeller Family Fund Takes on ExxonMobil
270
Selected Tweets from WernerTwertzog
281
Youll Be Back
287
Excerpt from Utah Petitioner v Edward Joseph Strieff Jr
295

Lucky Dragon
114
Homegoing AD
126
Autocracy Rules for Survival
128
My President Was Black
135
Excerpt from Nature Poem
178
Hell
180
The Most Terrible Time of My Life
189
The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard
214
Woman Fries and Eats Pet Goldfish After Fight With Husband
299
An Oral History of Gabriel DePiero
301
I am reminded via email to submit my preferences for the schedule
323
Who Are All These Trump Supporters?
326
Back Matter
354
Back Cover
377
Spine
378
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SARAH VOWELL, guest editor, is the best-selling author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.

826 NATIONAL is a family of seven nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping underserved students, ages six through eighteen, with their creative and expository writing skills.

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