This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2020)

This Is My Best Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work We all have our favorite pieces by our beloved writers But what do they think is their own best work Inspired by an acclaimed collection published in the editors at the Quality Paperback Book Cl
  • Title: This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work
  • Author: Retha Powers Kathy Kiernan
  • ISBN: 9780811848299
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work
    We all have our favorite pieces by our beloved writers But what do they think is their own best work Inspired by an acclaimed collection published in 1942, the editors at the Quality Paperback Book Club invited fiction writers, essayists, poets, playwrights, and cartoonists to choose and comment on their best work The result is a veritable who s who of contemporary liteWe all have our favorite pieces by our beloved writers But what do they think is their own best work Inspired by an acclaimed collection published in 1942, the editors at the Quality Paperback Book Club invited fiction writers, essayists, poets, playwrights, and cartoonists to choose and comment on their best work The result is a veritable who s who of contemporary literature and popular culture, including selections by Anne Tyler, Arthur Miller, Gary Trudeau, David Sedaris, Rita Dove, Tom Robbins, Ruth Reichl, T C Boyle, Mary Karr, John Updike, and dozens Each selection is rewarding in itself still for the introductions in which the author explains his or her choice, shedding light on both the work and creative process Appealing to readers of the annual best short story collections, writers, and fans of the stellar list of contributors, This Is My Best is a landmark literary anthology.
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    1. Confusion, irritation, and joy are some of the common reactions that authors had to the task of picking what they considered to the their best work for this collection I very much enjoyed the author s introductions, which laid out the reasoning for their picks although Maxine Kong Kingston description of her novel as the perfect book was a bit much for me , and of course, the picks themselves.The gems Jimmy Hoffa s odyssey Ai From Before we were free Julia Alvarez Confessions of a lonely atheis [...]

    2. This volume has been sitting next to my bed for the last few months The idea was to read a selection each night before that bed Unfortunately, that didn t happen Fortunately, I had my gallbladder out last Monday and had nothing to do but read and suffer through daytime TV for the last week I loved the concept of this book when I first found it sixty some writers spanning all genres of literature were asked to choose their best piece of work This task proved relatively easy for some of the author [...]

    3. A fun exercise My favorite part might have been reading the essays that precede each selection in which the author explains why he or she chose that piece, and what it means to them I liked that they included a couple of comic strips, and I liked the opportunity to read poetry in small doses, which I don t do very often I ended up skipping a few pieces, mostly excerpts from books that I plan on reading The ones I had read before Lethem, Sedaris, Huffington, Donaghue, Trudeau, etc were mostly wor [...]

    4. i loved the concept of this book that part gets 5 stars, no doubt and many of the author notes, preceding each story, were interesting, if only in what they said about the author there were, i admit, times that the author s inflated sense of self the excerpt s first paragraph prevented me from reading any further at least i had plenty to pick from the majority of the stories were mediocre perhaps this is because many of the authors claimed to be unable to choose a best piece since i did not know [...]

    5. I m not usually a seeker of short stories, but this was a gift, and it s a treasure I figured I would just read the stories written by some of my favorite authors, but was pulled into stories by others I ll use this as a reference for these new to me authors, so I can read their novels.

    6. Like most collections, a little uneven I had expected a bit because of all the big name authors, and the ones that I liked, I liked a lot But in the end I guess there is a reason that I only read certain genresmely, the others leave me feeling a little meah.Good not great.

    7. This book lets you view several writers and what they considered to be their best writing The authors give a little sample from their favorite book, poem, cartoon, etc It includes about 150 authors.

    8. Reread a few of my favorites David Sedaris writing on visiting his sister and Ruth Reichl s story of her mother sending multiple people to the hospital with her bad cooking Or, accurately, cooking with food that has gone bad.

    9. For better or worse, reveals all of the flavors of authorial pretension Some of the pieces were excellent new exposures, but I could ve skipped most of this book, especially those passages by favorite authors.

    10. I thought that the theory of this book was super writers pick their own favorite work, which is often not the most popular or well known, and explain why A lot of it is really good, too A lot of it is excerpted, which I admit makes sense in this case, but is frustrating.

    11. great book for getting little snippets of writers you may not have read I found several new favorite authors from reading this book as well as connecting to old favorites such as Tom Robbins.

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