It is nearly impossible and decidedly quite expensive to read every literary magazine, publication and book that interests you in a given year. There is simply not enough time, no matter how dedicated or wealthy you may be. With this in mind, (and, of course, as a way to bestow honor, as well,) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been publishing The Best American Series since 1915. They began that year with The Best American Short Stories. The series now includes everything from Poetry to Sports Writing and, added most recently, Nonrequired Reading and Comics.
Each series has its own editor who culls from the previous year’s best writing in his or her genre and each year a guest editor narrows down the list for the rest of us to enjoy. The beauty of this system is that it ensures variety, can never lead to stagnation and each year’s guest editor, whose opinions, world views and tastes differ from those of the previous year’s, is able to put together an anthology which stands alone and is uniquely of its time.
Some of this year’s guest editors:
Geraldine Brooks, Kevin Young, Mary Roach, Edwidge Danticat, Alison Bechdel, Sloane Crosley, Harlan Coben
We have the entire series in stock today and don’t plan on running out of enthusiasm for it. So come in and let us infect you!
Next up, one of the best ideas for anything… ever!
“The Seven Deadly Sins have sliced up the dictionary and taken what’s theirs. No one vice is too greedy as each volume prides itself on having more than 500 entries. Word lovers will lust after these richly packaged volumes–and once you’ve collected all seven, you’ll be the envy of all your friends.”
And there’re always these, some of the most beautiful book covers in the history of book covers… and they happen to bind some of the best written pages in the history of written pages:
[We’d also like to remind you that we hold the secret to you becoming more beloved than Santa this holiday season. Sign a loved one (any age!) up for our Book of the Month Club and for the next year they will receive a new book each month in keeping with their interests and tastes [contact us for details].
Give a sweater and you’ll only be remembered in winter. Give the gift that keeps on giving and you’ll be remembered forever. Seriously.]