Book Genre: Short Stories

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Andre Dubus
dfields
5

In a collection of linked short stories, Andre Dubus III masterfully probes the nature of love's many facets and human nature. Set in coastal New Hampshire, the reader explores infidelity, first love, betrayal and the impact of the digital age on love. Each of the characters serve as navigator...

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Mary Gaitskill
Jennifer B.
3

Bad Behavior is a collection of unlinked short stories, most taking place in New York City, that focuses on the relationships (usually sexual) between men and women.  Many of the stories are populated by the same types of women -- prostitutes, drug users, artists -- and tended to blend...

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George Saunders
Bobby
4

George Saunders is a brilliant writer and widely unknown until this year.  Tenth of December broke him out into the writing limelight with its wide critical acclaim and appeal.  What I love about Saunders is that his stories start in everyday settings - suburban homes, dysfunctional...

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Dave Isay
Adelina
5

This book is a collection of StoryCorps stories with the theme of love. "All There Is" groups the stories into love found, love lost and love found at last. StoryCorps is an American oral history project recording the voices and emotions of their storytellers. I listened to this book on audio...

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L.F.
4

From the sinister patterns of tricoteuse Madame Defarge to the whimsy and caprice of today’s yarn bombings, knitting has long been a part of our culture.  The 21st century has seen a resurgence of this ancient craft worldwide.  Bestselling book author Ann Hood is editor of Knitting...

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Junot Díaz
Joan
4

Junot Díaz’s Drown, is a raw and riveting collection of ten stories detailing the lives of recent immigrants from the Dominican Republic. All encircle family, friends and love, but in heartbreaking circumstances. All the voices in the collection of stories, are trying to embrace their...

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Ben Stroud
Brett
4

In this debut collection of stories, Ben Stroud demonstrates an amazing versatility, creating completely believable characters in a variety of contemporary and historical settings. Stroud takes us from 19th century Berlin to present day East Texas to the ancient city of Byzantium. To give you an...

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Ken
4

This collection of Bernie Wrightson work for the Creepy and Eerie magazines is really good, Wrightson's heavy contrasting artwork works really well for these stories. Two of the stories were drawn by Carmine Infantino, and were inked by Wrightson, and while the stories themselves are quite good...

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...

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Laurie.
4

I haven't read much fantasy and this collection of short stories introduced me to new writers like Nina Kiriki Hoffman. The eerie bookstores and complicated people who frequent them are usually assisted by equally strange staff. Not all stories are dark. Some readers find what they have always...

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Joachim Neugroschel
Laurie.
4

Fans of short story anthologies and Yiddish (and who isn't), will enjoy this survey of from 1382 to 2000. Rich with imagery and human foibles, the stories introduced me to a literary world I had not visited before. Often I had to research words and biblical characters to fully appreciate...

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Joan Wickersham
Michelle
5

The news from Spain and the human need for connection are the themes that tie these delightful variations on a love story together.

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Sherman Alexie
Michelle
4

Fifteen Alexie classics and fifteen new short stories, some a page long.  One reviewer describes him as rowdy.  Yes. 

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George Saunders
Michelle
4

These short stories are in turn funny, odd, and heartbreaking.  Saunders is original and that's about the best description.

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Karen Russell
Becker
4

I'm not often drawn to short story collections, but I liked Russell's Swamplandia! so much that I decided to give this collection a try. The stories were creative, fantastical, mind-bending. The audio was enhanced by having a different reader for each story. In one, a massage therapist working...

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Karin Tidbeck
Rachel F
5

A bunch of beautifully crafted, wonderful, magical, weird short stories. I would call this more magical realism than fantasy, but there are elements of all that and more in these tales.

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Ted Chiang
Laurie.
4

Waiting for the Library's copy of The Unreal and The Real by Ursula Le Guin feels like waiting for Godot.  Fortunately, I spied Chiang's collection of stories.  Chiang, like Le Guin, doesn't always write between the genre lines which is exactly what I like. ...

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Daniyal Mueenuddin
Bobby
3

An interesting look into Pakistan's complex societal structure through intertwined character stories.  Very well written, but left me wishing I had a bit more context for the stories.

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Neil Gaiman
CJ
4

I like Neil Gaiman because of his ability to describe a perfectly normal, sometimes boring world, twist it slightly, and reveal the magic and terror hidden in plain sight.  If you are not familiar with this author's work, Fragile Things is a great place to start. ...

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Becker
4

This collection showcases the short story talents of some of the best YA writers out there. With a common thread of identity, these stories of gay, lesbian, and transgender teens are as diverse as the teens they are about and the authors who wrote them. There are even two graphic stories by...

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Lauren Groff
Stefanie
5

Each story in this great collection stands on its own, each with its own set of odd yet completely familiar characters living their ordinary lives. But these stories are anything but ordinary the way Lauren Groff crafts and writes them.

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Félix Fénéon
Michelle
3

Kinda like the stories in the Denver Daily News police blotter, except with eloquence and poetry - and in early twentieth century France.

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Michelle
4

I still make coffee for two; couldn't cope so I wrote songs; anything's possible with an extension cord.