Reviews and Blog Posts: Short Stories

The state we're in : Maine stories

by Ann Beattie

Reviewer Rating:

Ann Beattie has published her ninth book of short fiction and once again her quotation marks are working overtime. The title of her newest work, “The State We’re In: Maine Stories”, references both the state that is the setting for the stories and the state of mind of her characters.

Things I'll never say : stories about our secret selves

Reviewer Rating:

I loved the stories in the books, but since they're all short stories I was unsatisfied. There were a few stories that made me want more from the characters. The few pages were just too quick to feel closure, but maybe that's the point. Most of the stories are teens...

novella /noʊˈvɛlə/

Literary Lingo

The Oxford English Dictionary notes the term novella is derived from the Italian novella originally a short fictitious narrativeBut the novella is not short on popularity.

Personalized Reading Lists: Dive Into Some Great Recent Nonfiction Reads

Our librarians love creating Personalized Reading Lists for DPL customers. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this column, we feature a recently-created reading list to give you a taste of what to expect from the service.

There's a Snake Under My Pillow - and other Peace Corps stories

Peace Corps logo

Back in the early 1990s, just after finishing college, I was shipped off to the Central African Republic (CAR) with the Peace Corps as a math teacher. The first few weeks of training were spent in a village in Cameroon called Batié. I remember landing at the Douala International Airport on a balmy June evening hoping to see elephants and giraffes roaming around in the distance. Ah, the naïveté.

Tenth of December : stories

by George Saunders

Reviewer Rating:

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...

Personalized Reading Lists: Marriage Stories

For the librarians on the Personalized Reading List team, making custom lists is one of the best parts of our job! We've been going strong for over a year now and, to date, we've completed over 400 personalized lists for our customers. Each list is unique, consisting of titles hand-selected by a librarian based on that customer's preferences. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this new column, we'll feature a recently-created list to give you a taste of what to expect from this new service.

Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened

by Allie Brosh

Reviewer Rating:

Allie Brosh was catapulted into internet fame when she started the blog/semi-autobiographical webcomic titled Hyperbole and a Half. You may recognize her work in the beast known as  “Alot” or the meme “____ ALL THE THINGS!”, or more recently, her apt and candid depiction of depression. Hyperbole and a Half,...

I'm a stranger here myself notes on returning to America after twenty years away

by Bill Bryson

Reviewer Rating:

I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio...

Holidays on ice

by David Sedaris

Reviewer Rating:

Give yourself a break during the hectic holiday season, or any other time of the year, by listening to David Sedaris read his Holidays on Ice, a collection of Christmas (and other holiday) stories including "The Santaland Diaries," "Dinah, the Christmas Whore" and "The Dunbar Family Christmas Letter." If you don't...

Syndicate content