The Best American Nonrequired Reading

Edited by Dave Eggers with an introduction by Guillermo Del Toro, this amazing compendium is a vibrant celebration of the words that come at us from all directions on a daily basis, ranging from well-chosen magazine articles on M.I.A. and Roger Ebert to fascinating excerpts from Mark Twain's autobiography (wherein he apologizes for giving his cat painkillers!); from the shortest short story to a list of the best lists that didn't make it into print. —Julie Garisto, CL A&E Editor

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