They're the best
The annual "Best American" anthologies are like stockings full of goodies. Here are three of this year's books.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (Mariner), edited by Rachel Kushner, is an eclectic collection chosen by a committee of San Francisco area high school students and brimming with wonderful short stories, journalism, interviews and poetry; writers include Marilynne Robinson and Michael Pollan.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016 (Mariner), edited by Amy Stewart, gathers richly informative pieces like Elizabeth Kolbert's investigation of rising sea levels in Miami, Oliver Sacks' poignant look at the periodic table and Sarah Maslin Nir's shocking "Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers."
Best American Short Stories 2016 (Mariner), edited by Junot Díaz, serves up fiction gems by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, Louise Erdrich, Lauren Groff, Karen Russell, Hector Tobar, John Edgar Wideman and more.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor