My Favorite Shorts

Short story collections.

I haven't had much time for reading lately so I've been checking out short stories by my favorite authors. Short stories are a good way to satisfy my reading needs without committing to a lengthy novel. They're also fun to read aloud in book clubs or to share with a loved one before going to sleep. And May is short story month so what better time to pick up a short story collection. I've listed some of my favorites below.

The Water Museum        Ten Little Indians        At the Bottom of the River      

Family Furnishings        The Moth        

The water museum : stories / Luis Alberto Urrea
These stories explore immigrant life, the connections we share, and what it means to live between and within borders. While touching on serious topics, Urrea's work also contains an element of humor.

Ten little Indians : stories / Sherman Alexie
Publisher's Weekly describes this collection as "exuberant and supremely confident, highlighting Alexie at the height of his powers." I love all of Sherman Alexie's work and this collection in particular, especially the story "What You Pawn, I Shall Redeem." 

At the bottom of the river / Jamaica Kincaid
A series of lyrical, connected stories about nature, the bond between mothers and daughters, and memories of a Caribbean childhood. 

Family furnishings : selected stories, 1995-2014 / Alice Munro ; foreword by Jane Smiley
A collection of stories exploring themes of first love, marriage, aging, and finding one's way in the world.

The moth / preface by Adam Gopkik ; foreword by George Dawes Green ; edited and with an introduction by Catherine Burns
A print collection of storytelling captured at The Moth.  

Audience favorites [sound recording] / The Moth
More storytelling adventures from The Moth, told live, in audio format.


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