Book Genre: Short Stories

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Angelita
4

I enjoyed listening to this book, but there were two stories that I could not listen to. The story lines were not interesting or too complicated to follow. With those two exceptions, I loved the stories and in a few cases, I wished a few of the stories were longer. That is my only problem with...

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Marina Keegan
Lauren
3

Marina Keegan was a talented young writer whose life was cut short at age 22 when she was killed in a car accident five days after graduating from Yale with a magna cum laude distinction. I found out about this collection after reading her story "Cold Pastoral" in The New...

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L?i|udmila Petrushevska?i|a
Bailey
4

If you only read one Russian Author in your lifetime, make it Ludmilla Petrusheyskaya. Her books will make you laugh, cry, and gain a new perspective to a multitude of subjects. There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories, is a...

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Ann Beattie
L.F.
5

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....

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Amelia Gray
ShellyB
4

Disturbing, disturbing stories, but I enjoyed reading them, seeing what totally unexpected path each story would take!

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Neil Gaiman
lisab
5

This is latest of Neil Gaiman’s short stories and poems.  The stories read like folklore or fairy tales with a bit of a twist at the end and in some cases Gaiman took an old tale and updated it nicely.  A few of the stories I went back to reread the ending because they got me thinking...

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Jean Thompson
Liberty
4

Jean Thompson's mostly contemporary retellings of classic fairy tales brim with "grimm" and convey an undertone of Shirley Jackson-esque dread. Fabulous!

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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...