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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 2015 editions: The Best American Essays edited by Ariel Levy The Best American Mystery Stories edited by James Patterson The Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Rebecca Skloot The Best America 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 2015 editions: The Best American Essays edited by Ariel Levy The Best American Mystery Stories edited by James Patterson The Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Rebecca Skloot The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Joe Hill The Best American Short Stories edited by T.C. Boyle The Best American Travel Writing edited by Andrew McCarthy The Best American Sports Writing edited by Wright Thompson  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.


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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 2015 editions: The Best American Essays edited by Ariel Levy The Best American Mystery Stories edited by James Patterson The Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Rebecca Skloot The Best America 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 2015 editions: The Best American Essays edited by Ariel Levy The Best American Mystery Stories edited by James Patterson The Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Rebecca Skloot The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Joe Hill The Best American Short Stories edited by T.C. Boyle The Best American Travel Writing edited by Andrew McCarthy The Best American Sports Writing edited by Wright Thompson  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.

30 review for The Best American Series: 14 Short Stories & Essays

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie Shirley Griffin

    Excellent Some of the stories are a bit odd and require thinking. Others are wonderfully educational, taken from the best magazines in the country. Well worth your time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    **From The Best American Essays 2015** This Old Man by Roger Angell - 5/5 Beautifully written piece about growing older, death, and memory. It Will Look Like a Sunset by Kelly Sundberg - 4/5 Heartbreaking account of an abusive relationship and why she stayed. **From The Best American Mystery Stories 2015** The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman by Jeffery Deaver - 3/5 Fun meditation on the influence and legacy of Sherlock Holmes and the nature of role models. Staircase to the Moon by Theresa E. Lehr - **From The Best American Essays 2015** This Old Man by Roger Angell - 5/5 Beautifully written piece about growing older, death, and memory. It Will Look Like a Sunset by Kelly Sundberg - 4/5 Heartbreaking account of an abusive relationship and why she stayed. **From The Best American Mystery Stories 2015** The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman by Jeffery Deaver - 3/5 Fun meditation on the influence and legacy of Sherlock Holmes and the nature of role models. Staircase to the Moon by Theresa E. Lehr - 4/5 Slow burning, character-driven exploration of motives driving a pretty solid who-dunnit. **From the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015** The City and the Sea by Meera Subramanian - 3/5 Interesting piece about the steps humans are and can take to prevent storm surges and damage like that wrought by Hurricane Sandy. One of a Kind by Seth Mnookin - 4/5 Emotional piece about disabled children and their parents, who stop at nothing to find the disease responsible for their children’s troubles. **From the Best American Science Fiction Writing 2015** The Thing About Shapes to Come by Adam-Troy Castro - 4/5 I really enjoyed this one; a plague has stolen a generation of humanity’s children, or has it? How to Get Back to the Forrest by Sofia Samatar - 3/5 The idea that we’re all being watched and tracked is an old one, but I liked this take on it; very reminiscent of Brave New World in parts. **From the Best American Short Stories 2015** Fingerprints by Justin Bigos - 3/5 A heartbreaking story about stories and about fathers and how they intersect. M&L by Sara Kokernot - 3/5 A love story of sorts. **From the Best American Sports Writing 2015** Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux by Jeremy Collins - 3/5 The sports essay as personal narrative memoir is an old one, but done really well here, functioning more as a eulogy for a lost friend than as a play-by-play. The Rage of the Squat King by Rick Bass - 3/5 What do power-lifters really think about? Where does their focus come from? This essay tries to answer those questions and mostly does so. **From the Best American Travel Writing 2015** The Sound of Silence by Lisa Abend - 5/5 Lovely, short piece on walking through one of the most remote corners of Scotland and realizing that when wishing for solitude, one still wants human contact. Bonfire of the Humanities by Patrick Symmes - 5/5 Very interesting piece about the burning of the Timbuktu library in 2013; combines travel geography of a place I know little about with recent history I know nothing about.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Yay! Another one for this year’s Reading Challenge. 😆 I enjoyed the mystery and travel entries the most. The other ones, I just appreciated getting a taste of those genres even if I had trouble following the flow of the stories themselves. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  4. 5 out of 5

    E Perry

    Excellent A compilation that will teach, explain, entertain, engage another level of knowing and understanding these contemporary authors' unique views on " how it works", this thing called life. So very well written, put together, and presented. Excellent A compilation that will teach, explain, entertain, engage another level of knowing and understanding these contemporary authors' unique views on " how it works", this thing called life. So very well written, put together, and presented.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Britta

    Any collection of short stories is going to be a mixed bag, and this one more so because it's a selection from a variety of genres. 2 each from essays, mysteries, etc. (I could list them all, but it's right there in the book description.) Interestingly, it almost split exactly in half for me: I quite enjoyed the essays, science and nature, mysteries. The rest were so-so. (I totally skipped the sports writing; not my thing. I know, try new things and all...) Any collection of short stories is going to be a mixed bag, and this one more so because it's a selection from a variety of genres. 2 each from essays, mysteries, etc. (I could list them all, but it's right there in the book description.) Interestingly, it almost split exactly in half for me: I quite enjoyed the essays, science and nature, mysteries. The rest were so-so. (I totally skipped the sports writing; not my thing. I know, try new things and all...)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vaclav

    Some stories were okay, one or two great. I enjoyed the essays and the mystery stories, skimmed through science and nature writing ones, and was totally unimpressed by the dull SF they put there. Sports writing, filled with jargon that I'm not at all interested in, was just frustrating. The story about books and scholars surviving in Timbuktu redeemed the whole collection, which looks quite passable overall. Some stories were okay, one or two great. I enjoyed the essays and the mystery stories, skimmed through science and nature writing ones, and was totally unimpressed by the dull SF they put there. Sports writing, filled with jargon that I'm not at all interested in, was just frustrating. The story about books and scholars surviving in Timbuktu redeemed the whole collection, which looks quite passable overall.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe

    The best read of the year! I tire quickly of one-topic magazines: all cooking, all sports, all politics, whatever -- they bore me. This series is akin to a custom magazine, just for me: a little travel, a little sci-fi, a little nature -- not boring at all. I hope to find more in this series!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ricky Kimsey

    The Best The title of this book lives up to it's name. Included is the years best fiction and non fiction in a variety of genres and subjects. This is a sampler so you may want to also purchase the individual volumes in this series. The Best The title of this book lives up to it's name. Included is the years best fiction and non fiction in a variety of genres and subjects. This is a sampler so you may want to also purchase the individual volumes in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    So glad I found this via Amazon& Kindle... Every story was fantastic, aptly named, indeed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    I loved this book! The stories made you laugh, cry, and think! Great collection!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dermalee Dyke

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carly

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Whipple

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Littlefield

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

  17. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnn Donovan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Msbookworm

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emrecan Dogan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Chandler

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allie Pruett

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lili

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joe King

  29. 4 out of 5

    Irene Woodward

  30. 5 out of 5

    Summer Morgan

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