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
These short stories are some of the most engaging, hilarious, and strange things I’ve ever read. Etgar Keret is an Israeli author who writes about the absurdness of life with as much reverence as our most intimate and vulnerable moments. Oftentimes, you find yourself completely convinced by his stories, even if they do include a beautiful woman who turns into a giant hairy man after the sun sets. Also recommended: The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories.
Museum of the Weird by Amelia Gray
This new collection by Amelia Gray is fascinating and hilarious. Each story is centered around a thing: vulture repellent, the former childhood home of Ronald Regan, a snake farm. Utterly charming.
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
This collection of short stories is written with such accuracy and poignancy that you can't help but empathize with the characters. In a few short pages, Orringer is capable of breathing life in these people with such skill that you end up wondering if you have met one of them. The great part is that you probably have. This being said, these stories of adolescence and change are neither comfortable, nor easy. But the squeamish feeling of remembrance and complicity is worth the peek into other people's lives.
Stranger Things Happen by Kelly D. Link
Dark, unusual, and really imaginative.
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
Girls of werewolf parentage are sent to a boarding school to learn to act like humans. Detailed and funny, you will be reading lines of this book to anyone who will listen.
In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot by Graham Roumieu
Small vignettes of Bigfoot's life. Who knew he was a dancing fiend?