Anthologies are always a mixed bag. Often their individual stories will be compelling but not harmonious, making the entire book difficult to read as a whole. Other times, the stories will be harmonious but mediocre. The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 avoids both these pitfalls with a strong selection of stories that work well together. It was a pleasure to read.
- "Best American Names of Television Programs Taken to Their Logical Conclusions" by Joe O'Neill
- "Rock the Junta" by Scott Carrier
- "What Is Your Dangerous Idea?" by the Edge Foundation
- "Selling the General" by Jennifer Egan
- "How to Tell Stories to Children" by Miranda July
- "All Aboard the Bloated Boat: Arguments in Favor of Barry Bonds" by Lee Klein
- Excerpts from Darfur Diaries (so interesting I've marked that book as to-read)
- "The Big Suck: Notes from the Jarhead Underground" by David J. Morris
The size of the above list should give you an idea of how good this book is; that's a significant percentage of all the stories in the book. And your mileage may vary. But for something that's only 350 pages, this is a very economical investment (in terms of both time and money) and utterly enjoyable.