Book Genre: Short Stories

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Edwidge Danticat
Alison
3

The stories in this novel fit together (some loosely and some exactly) into a compelling narrative about Haitians affected by civil strife starting in 1959.  Various characters are victims, perpetrators of the violence during this time, and descendants from either side.  This multi-...

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Sherman Alexie
Alison
5

This collection of short stories is adventurous in a fun way and challenging in a personal way.  The stories circle around a diversity of motifs, all of which are investigated through a variety of characters.  Some of these themes we have seen before (love, sexuality, identity, and...

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Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth) Coyote
Becker
4

This book will challenge your notions about gender, including the male/female binary and what transgender means to you. Coyote and Spoon created this book out of live performances they did all over Canada and the United States, shows that incorporated music, animation, and stories. Along with...

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Jean Toomer
Alison
5

Arna Bontemps, one of the leading contributors to the Harlem Renaissance and a scholar of African-American literature, wrote that "there are many odd and provocative things about Cane, and not the least is its form.  Reviewers who read it in 1923 were generally stumped."  ...

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Bernard Malamud
Alison
4

Bernard Malamud's The Magic Barrel contains thirteen stories led by protagonists who are poor immigrants in New York or tourists in Italy, and who suffer from insecurities.  These insecurities manifest as projects that become impossible to complete, debts that can never be paid,...

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Tim O'Brien
lisab
5

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is considered a classic novel and can be found on many “must read” lists. What I wasn’t expecting were the beautiful words. Every time I opened the book, I’m struck again by the beautiful words.  O’Brien’s tales are short stories about the members of a...

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Phil Klay
Joe G
5

Redeployment is an intense collection of short war stories by Phil Klay, who served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. It is well-written and humanizing, and gives multiple accounts of the Iraq war as told from the perspective of soldiers in a variety of roles and situations...

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Alma Flor Ada
Angelita
5

This book is great book to teach about diversity in the Latin American/Hispanic culture, as well as diversity in general. Each child has a vignette about what obstacles and advantages they have for being multi-ethnic or about living the U.S. where their culture is stereotyped or they are being...

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George Saunders
Joe G
4

George Saunders’ book of short stories, Tenth of December, is a collection of ten short stories of varying levels of interest. I found several of these stories to be very good, as a fan of science fiction and social commentary. Most of the stories reminded me very much of Kurt Vonnegut’s style,...

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Elizabeth Strout
Alison
5

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is a group of connected short stories that takes place in Crosby, Maine.  While Olive, the titular protagonist, gets several sections of the book to herself, more than half of the stories are in the perspective of other members of the town....

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P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Brett
3

This was my first foray into the world of aristocratic layabout Bertie Wooster and his impeccable manservant, Jeeves, and I have to say it was a poor choice. Why? Jeeves and Wooster themselves cannot be blamed for the missing stars in this book’s rating. They are first-rate characters and I...

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KateM
4

I found this title when searching for currently available eAudiobooks in Denver Public Library’s downloadable emedia website (downloadmedia.denverlibrary.org/). I drive to work and needed something currently available  in small segments to keep me entertained during the trip. The short...

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Ron Carlson
Alison
3

Ron Carlson's original craft book suggests tips for beginning (and advanced) writers to help them complete a story.  His tone is casual and friendly, and accomplishes just what an Olympic ice-skater does: he makes a triple Axel look easy. Carlson makes his readers think, All I have to do is...

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Karen Russell
Cori Jackamore
3

The beautifully written stories in this collection sometimes speak to our dark side and sometimes fill us with hope for humanity. Girls held captive in a silk factory slowly become human silkworms and escape their captivity. A massage therapist helps a war veteran by manipulating the tattoos on...

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David Eagleman
Em
4

In Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, Eagleman explores various possibilities for life after death in short pieces that are at once philosophically and scientifically complex and beautifully poetic. These forty pieces were somehow both stimulating and strangely comforting, not to...

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Sherwood Anderson
Alison
1

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson exposes the risk of composing a collection of mostly unrelated stories: the collection reads like an incomplete group of fragments, connected only because the people involved live in the same town.  Anderson introduces the collection as following the...

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Pam Houston
Em
4

I first picked up this collection of short stories when I was in college, after reading “How to Talk to a Hunter” in one of my creative writing classes and thinking it was clever. I wasn’t super excited to read what seemed to me to be just “relationship stories,” so I put it down. I dove back...

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Joe Hill
Em
4

So I don’t usually read horror, but this book had been sitting on my bookshelf for about six years, since some friends of mine from grad school recommended it to me. I finally got around to reading it and was not disappointed. As I started the first story, I had a momentary panic at the horror...

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Jamie Quatro
Rachel F
5

An amazing book of short stories!  From beautifully rendered tales of grief and infidelity to surreal distance running stories, Jamie Quatro's writing is lush and heart breaking.  She explores religion, life in the South, small towns, and life transitions. Check it out, open it to any...

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Michelle
4

I wasn't sure I would enjoy this but the variety and quality of the stories were stellar. It includes some names you may know such as Alice Munro and George Saunders but perhaps some new to you (me) authors you may want to check out.

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Julie Anne Peters
Mandy M.
5

Julie Ann Peters is probably my favorite author of all time. I offer this as a disclaimer because I think it would pain my heart to give her anything below a five star rating. That bias aside though, Grl2Grl is a great resource for teens or adults who are questioning their gender identity or...

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Ellen DeGeneres
Mandy M.
4

This audio book gets props for being the only audio book I have ever finished. I have trouble with the pacing of audio books and some of the narration is less than great. But since The funny thing is is narrated by Ellen DeGeneres, the author herself, it doesn't seem like as much meaning and...

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Susan Hill
kmcfall
3

From the jacket:

In the apartment of Oliver's old professor at Cambridge, there is a painting on the wall, a mysterious depiction of masked revelers at the Venice carnival. On this cold winter's night, the old professor has decided to reveal the painting's eerie secret. The dark art of...

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Mary P
3

This is a collection of scary stories for children that was compiled in the early 1990s.  The stories all seem to be written from the perspective of a British storyteller, so a few of the words and references might be a bit foreign to an American reader.  Some of the stories involve...

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kmcfall
3

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and...