Books of the best
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes its Best American anthologies every fall, a great way to catch up on new stuff well worth reading. Here are three of the eight volumes.
The Best American Comics 2012, edited by Francoise Mouly, beautifully presents an astonishing range of comics by stars and newcomers of the form; this year, it includes a first-ever section for children.
The Best American Non-Required Reading 2012, edited by Dave Eggers, is a fascinating conglomeration of short fiction and nonfiction from magazines, journals and websites, from such terrific writers as Sherman Alexie, Junot Diaz, Louise Erdrich and John Jeremiah Sullivan.
The Best American Short Stories 2012, edited by Tom Perrotta, features fresh new work from notable writers like Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, George Saunders, Edith Pearlman and Steven Millhauser.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor