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Robert Atwan, curator of the Best American Essays series since its inception in 1986, introduces three of this year's contributors with readings by Kristin Dombek, Timothy Aubry, and Robert Atwan reading a selection from Jerald Walker's work.

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Edited by the best-selling writer Lauren Slater, this year's Best American Essays highlights provocative, lively writing from many of our brightest literary lights. Contributors include Adam Gopnik, Scott Turow, Marjorie Williams, Poe Ballantine, and others.


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Best American Essays : Fifth College Edition

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 2014 editions:

The Best American Short Stories edited by Jennifer Egan
The Best American Essays edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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Selected by guest editor Randall Kennedy, a leading intellectual and legal scholar, the wide-ranging pieces in Best African American Essays 2010 comprise a thrilling collection that anyone who wishes to understand the meaning of the new America must own.ROBERT ATWAN, the series editor of"The Best American Essays"since its inception in 1986, has published on a wide variety of subjects, from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare. His criticism, essays, humor, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide.
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 2014 editions:

The Best American Short Stories edited by Jennifer Egan
The Best American Essays edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan
The Best American Mystery Stories edited by Laura Lippman
The Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Deborah Blum
The Best American Travel Writing edited by Paul Theroux
The Best American Sports Writing edited by Christopher McDougall

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.Robert Atwan, the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986, has published on a wide variety of subjects, from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare. His criticism, essays, humor, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide.