Reviews and Blog Posts: Short Stories

The best American nonrequired reading 2012

by Edited by Dave Eggers

Reviewer Rating:
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 Walter.  All of the material...

The Beauty of Short Works

In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders

I naively used to think that writers of short stories and essays simply didn't have enough good material to fill a traditional book. Fortunately some great teachers, and exposure to some of the best writers in the field, showed me the incredible art of short form writing.

The beauty of short works has become even more apparent as I've read too many books lately where I'm left feeling like a shorter essay or short story would've been more powerful. Often (like my college papers) they had a few great things to say but had used filler to make it fit a length requirement. As print magazines, the previous bastion of short form, are shutting their doors, I'm encouraged to see new outlets such as Kindle Singles and Ted Talks remind people that brevity can be a virtue.

Vampires in the lemon grove stories

by Karen Russell

Reviewer Rating:
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 with an...

In other rooms, other wonders : connected stories

by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Reviewer Rating:
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.

In Praise of Connie Willis

Blackout

The 2011 Hugo Award winner for Best Novel happens to be one of my favorite writers, Colorado author Connie Willis.

Many people may see Willis' books in the science fiction section, winning science fiction awards, and immediately think that those books are not for them. I urge you to reconsider.

Quirky Short Stories

cover for Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin

Do you need a little interesting non-committal reading? Grab one of these!

Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin
A novel in short stories, this book follows the lives of Mei Ling and Moonie, identical (and comically opposite in nature) twins. Chin researched Chinese women's revenge stories for this book and the combination of old fables with what it's like to be a Chinese-American today are brilliant.

The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret

Storytime for Adults

Stories: All-New Tales

Start your weekend early on Friday, September 10 at Noon at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library  with your very own story time. Bring a bag lunch and sit back and enjoy a short story being read to you.

Being read to is a rare pleasure. It not only stimulates the mind, but invigorates the imagination. Bring your lunch, a friend, and/or a pillow to this unique event.

While I won't unveil which story you will be treated to on this fair afternoon, there are many great collections of short stories that make excellent read aloud material.

If you aren't able to make it to this event, the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library will be hosting another Adult Storytime on Friday, September 24 at noon.

Trickster : Native American tales : a graphic collection

Reviewer Rating:
0

This is a great collection of illustrated trickster tales told by Native Americans. The art is really diverse ranging from stuff you'd see in the newspaper comics to really beautiful and well drawn. My favorites are Giddy Up, Wolfie where Chuckfi the rabbit woos Nashoba-Tek, a female wolf and How...

How beautiful the ordinary : twelve stories of identity

Reviewer Rating:
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...

Let it snow : three holiday romances

Reviewer Rating:
0

These are three interconnected stories about what happens in a small town during a big blizzard on Christmas Eve. Jubilee is headed to visit her grandparents on the train when the blizzard hits and she gets stuck. She gets off the train and goes to the Waffle House where she...

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