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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 by Dave Eggers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A mostly solid collection of fiction, nonfiction, lists, comics, and ephemera, not unlike a really good issue of McSweeney's (not surprising, really). My favorite bits were: Jonathan Franzen's eulogy for his lost friend, David Foster Wallace; investigative journalism pieces by Denis Johnson, J. Malcolm Garcia, and David Grann; the story of a post-Katrina bar in New Orleans trying to stay in business after the owner's death; Nathan Englander on family and memory; and the kids' letters to Obama. There's also a lovely Gorey-esque comic in the back about wanting to be a manta ray.
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