The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, 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.
Copyright © 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Introduction copyright © 2008 by Adam Gopnik
The Best American Essays 2008
"Uniquely among all the kinds of writing, the essay marries the argument and the anecdote, thoughts and feelings, ideas and emotions, the way it feels and the way it thinks." — Adam Gopnik, editor